Amb. Ravanchi is coming to the UNSC Stakeout around 3 pm today. He will take a few questions. AM

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Ambassador Ravanchi’s introductory remarks
In the UN Security Council Media Stakeout – 24 June 2019
As a country whose airspace has been violated by two U.S. spy drones, Iran was entitled to participate in the Council’s Meeting. This is our right under the UN Charter.
We expressed our readiness and requested to participate in that meeting. However, unfortunately, we were denied of exercising this right.
Today, the Council was briefed unilaterally by one party, the U.S. who is abusing its position as the Council’s permanent member to misguide this body in order to advance its anti-Iranian policy.
We have irrefutable information on the incident to provide to the Council. According to our credible detailed and precise technical information on the path, location, and points of intrusion and impact of the U.S. spy drone, there is no doubt that when targeted, it was flying over the Iranian territorial sea. This was done after several radio warnings, all of which were disregarded.
Iran’s action was in full conformity with international law. Iran acted in self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter.
Additionally, on the same day, another U.S. spy aircraft with 35 people on board violated Iran’s airspace. However, Iranian armed forces exercised maximum restraint and no action was taken against the invading aircraft.
In another instance in less than one month, another U.S. spy drone entered into our airspace on 26 May 2019. Iran has consistently recorded its protest against all such violations and provocative actions through the U.S. interests section in the Embassy of Switzerland in Tehran.
These are only a few examples of provocative actions and adventurism by the U.S. in violating Iran’s borders and airspace.
Conversely, Iran’s practices indicate that while having an inherent right to defend our territorial integrity and enjoying all required capabilities as well as resolute determination to exercise this right, we want neither war nor an escalation of tension in the Persian Gulf region.
But, certain circles from inside and outside of the region, through dangerous acts, are attempting to escalate the tensions. This helps them to justify further foreign military buildup in the region and sell more American and western arms to certain countries, including to continue committing the gravest crimes in Yemen.
To pursue this policy, they resort to deception, fabrications and disinformation. One clear example is the unfounded claim of the U.S. against Iran regarding the recent oil tankers incident, which were not even supported by some of the closest allies of the U.S.. We categorically rejected the claim. How could Iran be benefited from attacking tankers destined to Japan, while simultaneously its Prime Minister, in his historic visit to Iran, was meeting with the highest Iranian officials? The claim could not be more absurd!
The U.S. decision today to impose more sanctions against Iran is yet another indication that the U.S. has no respect for international law and order as well as the views of overwhelming majority of the international community.
To ease tensions in the broader Persian Gulf region, the U.S. must stop its military adventurism as well as its economic war and terrorism against the Iranian people.
There is also a need for a genuine regional dialogue on regional security. We have already expressed our readiness for such a dialogue and have asked the Secretary-General to play a role in this regard.

Iran’s letter to the UNSG and UNSC on American Drone

28 Giu

Iran’s letter to the UNSG and UNSC on American Drone


In the name of God, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful

No. 20 June 2019


Upon instructions from my Government, I am writing to inform you about another unlawful and yet a very dangerous and provocative act by the U.S. military forces against the territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, at 00:14 hours local time on Thursday 20 June 2019, a U.S. unmanned aircraft system, taken off from one of the bases of the U.S. military forces in the South of the Persian Gulf, conducted an overflight through the Strait of Hormuz to Chabahar port in a full stealth mode as it had turned off its identification equipment and engaged in a clear spying operation. When the aircraft was returning towards the western parts of the region near the Strait of Hormuz, despite repeated radio warnings, it entered into the Iranian airspace where the air defense system of the Islamic Republic of Iran, acting under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, targeted the intruding aircraft at 04:05 hours local time on the same date at the coordinates N255943 and E570225 near the Kouh-e Mobarak region in the central district of Jask in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Such a provocative act is a blatant violation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, in particular its Article 2(4). Iran condemns, in the strongest possible terms, this irresponsible and provocative wrongful act by the United States, which entails its international responsibility.
While the Islamic Republic of Iran does not seek war, it reserves its inherent right, under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, to take all appropriate necessary measures against any hostile act violating its territory, and is determined to vigorously defend its land, sea and air.
This is not the first provocative act by the United States against Iran’s territorial integrity. It is reminded that in all such cases, the Islamic Republic of Iran has officially protested to the U.S. through its interests section in the Embassy of Switzerland in Tehran.
The international community is called upon to demand the United States to put an end to its continued unlawful and destabilizing measures in the already volatile region of the Persian Gulf.
It would be highly appreciated if you could have the present letter issued as a document of the Security Council.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Majid Takht Ravanchi
Permanent Representative

H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres
United Nations, New York

cc: H.E. Mr. Mansour Al-Otaibi
President of the Security Council
United Nations, New York

Permanent Mission of the Islamic republic of Iran Press Release regarding the remarks of U.S. representative 13 June 2019

28 Giu

Permanent Mission of the Islamic republic of Iran Press Release regarding the remarks of U.S. representative 13 June 2019


Permanent Mission of the Islamic republic of Iran
Press Release regarding the remarks of U.S. representative
13 June 2019

The inflammatory remarks by the U.S. representative againstIran at the UN Security Council on 13 June 2019 was another Iranophobic campaign.
Iran categorically rejects the U.S. unfounded claim with regard to 13 June oil tanker incidents and condemns it in the strongest possible terms.
It is ironic that the U.S. who unlawfully withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action now calls Iran to come back to negotiations and diplomacy.
The U.S. economic war and terrorism against the Iranian people as well as its massive military presence in the region have been and continue to be the main sources of insecurity and instabilityin the wider Persian Gulf region and the most significant threat to its peace and security.
Neither fabrications and disinformation campaigns nor shamelessly blaming others can change the realities. The U.S. and its regional allies must stop warmongering and put an end to mischievous plots as well as false flag operations in the region.
Warning, once again, about all of the U.S. coercion, intimidation, and malign behavior, Iran expresses concern over suspicious incidents for the oil tankers that occurred today.
Iran calls upon the international community to live up to its responsibilities in preventing the reckless and dangerous policies and practices of the U.S. and its regional allies in heighteningthe tensions in the region.
The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterates that the only solution to the tension in this region is the active and constructive engagement of all regional countries within the context of a genuine dialogue based on mutual respect, inclusivity and basic principles of international law. The recent incidents and current regional situation serve as proof of the urgency of such regional dialogue.
Reiterating its longstanding position on the need for promoting peace and security in the broader Persian Gulf region, the Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to play an active and constructive role in ensuring the security of strategic maritime passages as well as promoting peace, stability and security in the region.