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Israel’s war rhetoric in breach of UN Charter: Iranian official

Iran’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations has censured the Israeli regime’s war rhetoric against the Islamic Republic, saying such threats are in flagrant breach of the fundamental principles of the UN Charter and international law.

“The officials of the Zionist regime (Israel) have threatened to use force against the Islamic Republic of Iran based on false assumptions and unjustifiably regard as urgent an attack on our country’s nuclear facilities,” Es’haq Ale-Habib said in a letter to the president of the UN Security Council.

Iran once again condemns the provocative, irresponsible, and unjustifiable remarks by the prime minister, minister of military affairs and the other officials of the Israeli regime who constantly threaten Iran with a military strike, and expresses its deep concern over such statements, he added.

Such remarks are a blatant violation of the fundamental principles of the UN Charter and international regulations and are against global efforts aimed at promoting peace and security, the Iranian official pointed out.

Ale-Habib stated that it is ridiculous that the top officials of Western countries or UN bodies, including the Security Council, show no reaction to such unfounded claims against Iran’s nuclear energy program but use every occasion to support such Israeli remarks.

He emphasized that the Islamic Republic has no intention to attack other nations but in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter, it will not hesitate in defending the country or responding to any attack against the Iranian nation and will “adopt proper defensive measures to protect itself.”

The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program with Tel Aviv repeatedly threatening Tehran with a military strike.

Iran refutes the allegations and maintains that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Iranian officials have also promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country.

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Wednesday that Iranian officials have no doubt about rigorously defending the country’s sovereignty, national interests, and territorial integrity in case of a possible foreign invasion.

On August 9, Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Ehud Barak told Israeli radio, “We are determined to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear and all the options are on the table. When we say it, we mean it.”

However, Israeli President Shimon Peres on August 16 ruled out Israel’s unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear energy facilities, saying Tel Aviv will need Washington’s help for a military operation against Tehran.

“It’s clear to us that we can’t do it alone…. It’s clear to us we have to proceed together with America,” Peres told Israel’s Channel Two television.

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