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Statement by His Excellency Dr. M. Javad Zarif Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran At the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. Wednesday, 24 April 2019 Mr. President

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Statement by His Excellency Dr. M. Javad Zarif Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran At the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. Wednesday, 24 April 2019 Mr. President

 

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Statement by His Excellency Dr. M. Javad Zarif
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran
At the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly
to commemorate and promote the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Mr. President,
Iran has long advocated multilateralism and diplomacy for peace. I’ve come here today to make the case that such collective diplomatic efforts are no longer the prudent option; rather, they are the only solution. If there were ever a unipolar moment in international politics, it is definitively gone.
My country has consistently shown its commitment to multilateralism as the tenet of a robust foreign policy.A brief review of our diplomatic engagements justthese past few weeks makes this abundantly clear.
To our west, Parliament Speakers of Iraq’s neighborsgathered in Baghdad last weekend to explore a new,inclusive approach to regional engagement, while last week I led a delegation to Damascus and Ankara to further our cooperation with Syria, Turkey and Russia on the Astana track.
To our east, our new special envoy for Afghanistan is engaged in a realistic regional approach to peace and stability, while two days ago, we hosted Pakistan’s Prime Minister for talks on a multilateral approach to regional stability and fighting terrorism.
To our north, senior officials of Caspian Sea littoral states gathered last week to operationalize the historic Caspian Convention we concluded in 2018, after 22 years of negotiations. Meanwhile, we are making progress on economic integration– including throughthe Eurasian Economic Union.
To our south, we’ve facilitated the Stockholm process on Yemen and have also proposed a “Regional Dialogue Forum” in the Persian Gulf as an inclusive multilateral approach to cooperation and dispute settlement.
And globally, 14 IAEA reports validate our commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a multilateral accord that is enshrined in UN Security Council resolution 2231. We have kept our word in spite of the failure of the western participants of JCPOA to provide the promised economic dividends to our people following the unlawful U.S. withdrawal.
I don’t need to list the extensive, unlawful unilateralist policies of this U.S. Administration towards my country or our region, but here is just a glimpse: extraterritorial imposition of domestic legislations;flouting of international accords and ICJ orders;arbitrary designation of armed forces of a sovereign state as “terrorist”; breeding radicalization through reckless and pointless forever wars; shielding of terror-sponsoring clients from their war crimes; andrecognition of illegal and racist annexations. As if this lawlessness is not enough, the U.S. also punishes those who seek to fulfill their obligations under Security Council Resolution 2231—which calls for normalization of economic relations with Iran.
Ladies and gentlemen,
To defend multilateralism, it is imperative to deny the U.S. any perceived benefit from its unlawful actions,and to forcefully reject any pressure it brings to bear on others to violate international law and Security Council resolutions.
And in rejecting unilateralism, we all have a responsibility to collectively hold any governmentaccountable for the consequences of any lawlessness.
I thank you for your attention.

 

Amb. Ravanchi: the only principle guiding the U.S. foreign policy is not “America first”, rather it is “Israel first”

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RICEVIAMO E PUBBLICHIAMO RINGRAZIANDO L’UFFICIO STAMPA DELLA MISSIONE DELLA REPUBBLICA ISLAMICA DELL’IRAN PRESSO LE NAZIONI UNITE

 

Amb. Ravanchi: the only principle guiding the U.S. foreign policy is not “America first”, rather it is “Israel first”

 

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi
Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
Before the United Nations Security Council
On “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”
New York, 29 April 2019
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In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

Mr. President,
I thank you for convening this open debate on the world’s longest crisis.
It is a given fact that no crisis can be solved permanently without addressing its main root causes, and the question of Palestine is no exception. It has started as a result of the occupation and can come to an end only by ending the occupation.
The Security Council, whose primary responsibility is the maintenance of international peace and security, has an explicit legal obligation to counter aggression and occupation. It must therefore take the necessary measures to force the Occupying Power to end the occupation.
However, the consideration of this issue by the Council over the course of the past seven decades has resulted in the adoption of some resolutions with no actual effect on the fate of Palestinians.
Interestingly enough, relying on the absolute support of a permanent member of this Council, Israel has implemented none of those resolutions.
Additionally, whenever this Council has opted to adopt any resolution to force Israel to implement them, the U.S. has vetoed all such proposals (44 times thus far).
As a result, the Zionist regime has been emboldened to continue, with total impunity, its expansionist policies and illegitimate practices and has systematically committed all four core international crimes, i.e. crime of aggression, genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
However, under the current U.S. Administration, the situation has changed drastically as the U.S. itself has also embarked on violating directly relevant binding resolutions of the Security Council.
The first example was moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and the second one was recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Occupied Syrian Golan.
Both acts are against the peremptory norms of international law, let alone Council’s resolutions.
According to international law, the territory of a State shall not be the object of acquisition resulting from the threat or use of force, and no such territorial acquisition shall be recognized as legal.
Therefore, the acts of the U.S. in this regard are illegitimate, null and void and have no legal weight and value.
The Islamic Republic of Iran once again condemns, in the strongest possible terms, these internationally wrongful acts.
We stress that the Golan is and will remain an integral part of Syria.
Mr. President,
The history of Palestine over the past seven decades teaches us certain important lessons.
First, on Israel, this Council has been both inactive and ineffective because of the unreserved support of the U.S. for Israel. Indeed, the continuation of this situation would further erode the credibility of the Council and deteriorate its already trust and confidence deficit. Likewise, in addition to UN, international law is another victim of the Israeli intransigence to end its occupation of Palestine.
Second, on Israeli related issues, the only principle guiding the U.S. foreign policy, particularly under its current Administration, is not “America first”, rather it is “Israel first”; even at the price of blatantly violating the basic principles as well as the peremptory norms of international law.
Third, the U.S. has proven to be an unreliable partner, particularly when it comes to anything regarding Palestine. Therefore, no one should trust its ill-advised proposals about the Palestinian question, including with respect to the so-called “deal of the century”. Indeed, the inalienable rights of a nation can neither be compromised by putting them under extreme military, political and economic pressure nor be bought by petrodollars.

Fourth, in the last 70 years, Israel has committed numerous crimes, including waging war against all neighbors with total impunity. The decade-long illegal inhumane blockade on Gaza, the continuation of which is drastically deteriorating the already grave humanitarian situation, is another example in this regard.
Under current circumstances, the international community must continue its longstanding strong support for the just cause of the Palestinians and the full realization of their inalienable rights, in particular the establishment of the independent State of Palestine with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
Furthermore, the international community should resist any attempt by the U.S. and Israel to change the nature of real threats in the Middle East. The first and foremost problem of the Middle East is the question of Palestine, and the plan by the U.S. and some of its allies including Israel and Saudi Arabia to substitute it with artificial and manufactured threats and crises is designed to divert the attention of the international community from its illegal occupation of Palestine and others’ lands.
I thank you, Mr. President.

The U.S. is brazenly threatening other UN Member States, either to VIOLATE that Resolution 2231 or to face PUNISHMENT.

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PRESS RELEASE
Press Office
Mission of I.R. Iran to the United Nations
New York
May 1st, 2019

The U.S. is brazenly threatening other UN Member States, either to VIOLATE that Resolution 2231 or to face PUNISHMENT.

A U.S. State Department official traveled to New York to meet with the United Nations Security Council members to underscore, as falsely claimed by the U.S. State Department, “the importance of holding Iran accountable for its defiance of UN Security Council resolutions on the development and testing of ballistic missiles”.
The U.S. is reminded that resolution 2231, which has been adopted unanimously, replaced all previous resolutions of the Security Council on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, and endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran’s compliance with its nuclear related commitments under the JCPOA has been confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency for 14 times thus far.
Likewise, contrary to all fabrications and disinformation of the U.S., none of Iran’s missiles are “designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons”, and therefore resolution 2231 does not limit, in any way, the activities related to the conventional ballistic missiles of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Consequently, Iran’s related activities are not inconsistent with that resolution, rather, they fall outside of the purview or competence of that resolution.
However, the U.S., in clear and flagrant violation of resolution 2231, has withdrawn from the JCPOA. The worse is that, the U.S., as a permanent seat holder in the Security Council, is brazenly threatening other UN Member States, either to VIOLATE that resolution or to face PUNISHMENT. This is truly a destructive and hypocritical policy.
Instead of attempting to disseminate fabricated accusations and to exploit the UN Security Council to advance its mischievous policies against Iran, the U.S. authorities must act responsibly in accordance with their international obligations and to explain to the Council members that why their country is violating resolution 2231 and why it is forcing other States to do the same.