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Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Ahvaz, Islamic Republic of Iran

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Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Ahvaz, Islamic Republic of Iran

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Ahvaz on 22 September. The terrorist attack, at a military parade, resulted in at least 24 people killed, including children, and 60 others injured.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

24 September 2018

President Rouhani’s OpEd in Washington Post

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Iran is keeping its nuclear commitments — despite Trump
Hassan Rouhani

September 21 at 2:49 PM

Hassan Rouhani is president of Iran.
I faced two options on May 8, when President Trump announced the United States’ official withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). I could have reciprocated and announced Iran’s withdrawal, which was certain to throw the region into further insecurity and instability. Or I could have considered a short grace period for the remaining parties to compensate for the adverse effects of the United States’ decision on the valuable accord that had been achieved after 12 years of tough, intensive negotiations. In keeping with our tradition of respect for the rule of law and norms of international law, and to safeguard peace and security in the region, I opted for the latter.
The United States expected a hasty Iranian withdrawal so that it could easily forge an international alliance against Iran and automatically revive previous sanctions. Our action, instead, thwarted such a move. The talks with the remaining JCPOA participants, and their reiteration of compliance with the accord, placed the United States in a lonely position. Such a serious chasm between the United States and its European partners on a critical foreign policy matter was unique and unprecedented — which, I can say, proved that we were right in our approach to the nuclear deal and our proactive diplomacy.
Current U.S. foreign policy toward Iran is out of step with the realities on the ground — in Iran, in the region and around the world. I would argue that it is not even in line with U.S. national interests. Fed by disinformation and fake analysis from terrorist groups and Israel, the U.S. administration is under the illusion that resorting to sanctions will lead to concessions from Iran. Iranians, though, are known to close ranks and put up stiff resistance in the face of external pressure. The United States, through its pervasive sanctions regime, failed to force Iranians to yield during the pre-JCPOA period. It was the United States that changed tack and opted for negotiations.
In our current talks with the remaining JCPOA participants, we have emphasized that safeguarding the long-term interests of the Iranian people is paramount to us. If these interests can still be secured despite the United States’ exit from the accord, we will remain in the deal; otherwise, we will pursue a different course of action. Our logic is simple and straightforward: Either all parties to the deal will benefit, or none will. Silence in the face of open U.S. bullying of other countries to cut economic and trade relations with Iran, in blatant contravention of the established rules of international law, is simply not acceptable, and not an option for us.
Trump’s offer of direct talks with Iran is not honest or genuine. How can we be convinced of his sincerity while his secretary of state has gone so far as to set a long list of openly insulting pre-conditions for talks? Worse still, how can we trust the U.S. government now that it has officially reneged on its international commitments, most notably U.N. Security Council resolution 2231? How can Iran, and others, trust the United States while it is threatening to punish other countries for the implementation of the same U.N. resolution it sponsored and voted for? The United States’ resorting to sanctions against Iran and the Iranian people — including, in particular, making it harder for ordinary people to have access to medicine, or denying them safe travel on new airplanespurchased by Iranian carriers — is totally unjustified and unacceptable. Bent on hatred and seeking revenge, the U.S. government’s pretensions of support for the Iranian people are hollow, hypocritical and unconvincing.
I am confident that the U.S. government will have to change course once again. Regardless, our talks with our trading partners are well underway, promising a bright future for our international interactions. It has now become crystal clear that most countries in the world oppose U.S. unilateralism and abhor being bullied. Even if in the short term we face difficulties in our economic relations, we, along with our partners, will try to resolve those problems, and these days will pass.
We are committed to talks and dialogue — that’s why we entered the negotiations on the nuclear issue in the first place, and ultimately arrived at a solid and mutually beneficial deal. The proof of good intentions on the part of all parties to the deal, particularly the United States, lies in the honest and full compliance with its provisions. It is on the record that during the negotiations on the nuclear dossier, our supreme leader said that the other side’s honesty would pave the way for further talks on issues of mutual interest. Washington’s insincere approach toward the implementation of the deal, from day one all the way through its ultimate illegal exit, is indicative of the lack of honesty in the implementation of its international obligations.

Modern history attests to the fact that Iran has not engaged in any external aggression during the past 250 years. It has, however, fiercely resisted foreign aggression and intervention. Peace is our arsenal, and we are committed to reciprocate each and every genuine and honest peaceful gesture and measure. On this we are resolute and steadfast.

ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN Press Release: Answer to Amb. Haley’s abuse from the UNSC’s presidency

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Press Office
New York
September 21st, 2018

The Security Council Must Stop Placating the U.S. with Frivolous, Self-Serving Sessions and Confront its Destabilizing Behavior and Violations of International Law

On 20 September 2018, during a UN Security Council meeting under the agenda item “situation in the Middle East”, including the Palestinian question, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations desperately tried to demonize Iran to distract attention away from the atrocities as well as the expansionist and oppressive policies of the Israeli regime and to prevent her country from being exposed and accountable to the international community for all of its recent destructive policies regarding Palestine. However, she ludicrously failed.

On Iran, while completely disregarding the Council’s rules of procedure and its longstanding established practice, she allocated her entire statement exclusively to misinformation, fabrications and unfounded allegations on Iran.

On Palestine, all Council members except the U.S. exclusively focused on Israel despite the complaint by the U.S. Ambassador. More importantly, given the fact that the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East was expected to present to this meeting his quarterly report on the implementation of resolution 2334, which focuses largely on Israeli settlements, most of the Council members condemned Israel’s expanded settlement activities, calling them illegal and in violation of international law and resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Abusing the Council’s Presidency, the U.S. Ambassador also attempted to criticize Iran’s role in Iraq, describing it as being “outside the community of law-abiding nations”; a description the U.S. deserves including for deceiving the international community and invading Iraq in a material breach of international law and the UN Charter. This criticism comes after her continued efforts to deprive the Palestinians of an opportunity to defend their inalienable rights and just cause in the Council as well as preventing the Israeli regime from being exposed to the international community and in holding it accountable for all of its illegal activities and oppressive practices, including the expansionist and destabilizing policies in the region and beyond.

The unwarranted American aggression against Iraq, wherein it spent $7 trillion and killed millions, which President Trump now calls “the worst single mistake ever made in the [U.S.] history”, had the most devastating impact in Iraq and in the region after all-out and chronic regional threats that were a result of the occupation of territories of certain countries in the region by the Israeli regime. In contrast to the U.S., who blatantly violated Iraq’s sovereignty, Iran will continue to fully respect this country’s sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity. Iran works to assist Iraq’s recovery from the legacy of Saddam’s tyranny and the U.S. invasion so it can emerge as a secure and prosperous country from the ashes of a vicious cycle of war and insecurity imposed on it by the U.S. and U.S.-backed terrorists. Now Iran is answering positively and genuinely to the official request by a neighboring country, which enjoys a common religious, cultural and historical background, for help to reconstruct Iraq and more importantly, for combating terrorist groups such as Daesh, who according to President Trump, was created by the United States.