UNITED NATIONS, Nov 8 (KUNA) -- Iran late Wednesday complained to the
United Nations about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's threat to
attack its nuclear sites, and said it reserves the right to retaliate if the
threat is carried out.
In identical letters to the Security Council President, India, and
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee said
Netanyahu reiterated to Israeli TV Channel 2 last Monday his intention to
attack the Iranian nuclear sites and even suggested that for such an attack,
he does not need "the support from Washington or the world."
Iran "expresses its strong protest and condemnation of such a provocative,
unwarranted, and irresponsible statement by the Israeli Prime Minister as well
as other similar statements by officials of that regime. Such statements are
in flagrant violation of the most fundamental provisions of the UN Charter and
the basic principles of international law, which prohibit any act of
aggression," Khazaee said in his letter.
He stressed that Iran "has never had any intention to attack any other
nation. At the same time, it should be emphasized that in accordance with its
inherent right under Article 51 of the UN Charter, Iran would not hesitate to
take all necessary measures in self-defense and to respond decisively to any
attack against its people and its territory."
"Undoubtedly, threats to use force and any recourse to act of aggression,
as stated by the Israeli regime, would obviously endanger peace and security
in the region; which the United Nations should timely react against and take
appropriate measures to prevent. Evidently, those who may resort to force
should be held responsible for any adverse ramifications and dire consequences
arising thereof," he warned.
It is ironic, he added, that such inflammatory remarks and "baseless
allegations against Iran" is uttered by officials of a regime whose
clandestine development and unlawful possession of nuclear weapons is the
major threat to regional as well as international peace and security, and that
has an unparalleled record of crimes and atrocities amounting to crimes
Iran is under four rounds of Security Council sanctions because it refused
to halt uranium enrichment activities the west and Israel fear are intended
for a nuclear weapon. Iran claims they are meant for medical research and
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