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FM urges UNSC to hold US accountable for harms to Iran

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva March 2, 2015. CREDIT: REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE

TasnimB – Iran’s Foreign minister called on the UN Security Council to stop the US’ dangerous and unlawful position in breaching the international law and hold Washington accountable for the irreparable damages it has done to the Iranian nation.

In a letter for the Indonesian chairperson of the UN Security Council, sent via Iran’s UN ambassador, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States has no right to abuse mechanisms enshrined in a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers to restore UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic after they were lifted under the accord.

The dangerous and unlawful position of the United States defies the established norms of international law and procedures, which have been put in place through centuries to safeguard the world from chaos, Zarif said in the letter.

His letter underlined that given the baseless and illegal nature of the United States’ bid, it has to be “rejected on the part of the Security Council and the international community.”

He reminded the absence of “all ‘credibility or legitimacy’” in the US’ apparent justifications aimed at rationalizing its efforts to restore previously annulled resolutions against Tehran, as yet another reason why Washington has to be snubbed by the Security Council.

“It is imperative that the international community be wary of such (attempts at) abusing the Security Council’s mechanisms,” the letter added, Press TV reported.

“Iran advises the Council to stop this abuse of mechanism — which carries serious repercussions for the international peace and security,” Zarif said in the letter.

The top Iranian diplomat added that the US administration has not only shunned its commitments under the JCPOA, but also prevented other signatories to the deal to implement it.

Since Donald Trump became the US president, he has imposed sanctions on Iran in more than 145 occasions and has also ignored frequent requests from the UN secretary general to lift these embargoes, he deplored.

Iran’s foreign minister concluded by saying that the Iranian nation rightfully expect the Security Council to guarantee their rights as per Security Council Resolution 2231, which upholds the contents of the nuclear deal, and hold the United States accountable for the irreparable damage it has done to the Iranian nation.

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