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Iran rejects media claims on UNHRC bid by Tehran

fathi20130713055903707Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations has dismissed media claims that the Islamic Republic is seeking a seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

The mission expressed regret that certain Western states were capitalizing on international media to attack independent countries.

Claims regarding Iran’s UNHRC membership bid and the subsequent stance taken by the US and the Israeli regime are a pre-planned media scenario, it added.

The mission emphasized that Iran is not a candidate for a seat on the council, adding certain Western media outlets have raised the issue of an earlier bid by Iran to join the UNHRC, which Tehran later withdrew in February 2013, to use it as a pretext for the US and Israeli envoys to the UN to take a stand against the Islamic Republic.

The US and Israeli regime are rehashing old allegations against Iran while their track records on human rights violations and breach of civil rights are exposed to the world public opinion, it further pointed out.

However, they have no option but to level “repetitive and old” accusations against Iran as the high voter turnout in the country’s June 14 presidential election rendered their propaganda campaign against the Islamic Republic ineffective, the Iranian mission said.

On Thursday, the United States and Israel “opposed” what they claimed was an Iranian bid to join the UN Human Rights Council.

Spokesman for Iran’s UN mission in New York Alireza Miryousefi said late Thursday that Iran had filed in for a UNHRC seat but had withdrawn the nomination back in February.

The 193-member UN General Assembly will vote in November to elect 14 countries to three-year terms on the council.

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