Tehran Urges Wash­ing­ton To Stop Abus­ing UNSC

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TEHRAN – Per­ma­nent Mis­sion of the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Iran to the United Na­tions said in a state­ment that the United States should stop abus­ing the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to fur­ther its mis­chievous in­ten­tions against Iran.

Iran’s mis­sion to the United Na­tions says all bal­lis­tic mis­sile re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties of the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic are in full con­form­ity with the rel­e­vant pro­vi­sions of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2231, which en­dorses the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA) -- the of­fi­cial ti­tle as­signed to Iran’s 2015 nu­clear deal.

Here is the full text of state­ment by Per­ma­nent Mis­sion of the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Iran to the United Na­tions: On the UNSC meet­ing on 4 De­cem­ber 2018

While all bal­lis­tic mis­sile re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties of Iran are in full con­form­ity with the rel­e­vant pro­vi­sions of res­o­lu­tion 2231, it is the U.S. that is in ab­so­lute vi­o­la­tion of the very same res­o­lu­tion.

Por­tray­ing Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram as in­con­sis­tent with res­o­lu­tion 2231 or as a re­gional threat is a de­cep­tive and hos­tile pol­icy of the U.S.

De­spite de­pict­ing it­self as a law-abid­ing na­tion and as the guardian of the rule of law at the in­ter­na­tional level, para­dox­i­cally, the US has cho­sen to pur­sue the “doc­trine of with­drawal from in­ter­na­tional in­stru­ments and in­sti­tu­tions”. Its un­law­ful with­drawal from the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion, en­dorsed by res­o­lu­tion 2231, is only one ex­am­ple.

Worse still, the U.S. now not only openly forces all na­tions to vi­o­late the terms of res­o­lu­tion 2231, but also threat­ens to pun­ish them for its im­ple­men­ta­tion. This is the very same res­o­lu­tion drafted by the US it­self and was adopted unan­i­mously, in­clud­ing by the U.S. af­fir­ma­tive vote.

Through fab­ri­ca­tion and dis­in­for­ma­tion as well as by in­vok­ing ir­rel­e­vant cri­te­ria, the U.S. tries to cre­ate am­bi­gu­ity and con­fu­sion in the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of rel­e­vant pro­vi­sions of res­o­lu­tion 2231 in or­der to abuse the re­sult­ing un­cer­tainty against Iran.

This hyp­o­crit­i­cal and shame­ful pol­icy re­veals how dis­hon­est and hos­tile the US ap­proach is as well as how ir­rel­e­vant and in­valid its re­lated tech­ni­cal and le­gal ar­gu­ments are.

Iran firmly re­jects any ar­bi­trary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the pro­vi­sions of res­o­lu­tion 2231, ac­cord­ing to which, Iran is called upon not to un­der­take any ac­tiv­ity re­lated to bal­lis­tic mis­siles “de­signed to be ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing nu­clear weapons”.

As a con­ven­tional de­fen­sive ca­pa­bil­ity, Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram is de­signed to be ex­clu­sively ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing con­ven­tional war­heads and, as a re­sult, none of Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­siles are “de­signed to be ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing nu­clear weapons”. Iran has never sought to ac­quire nu­clear weapons and never will in the fu­ture.

The pro­vi­sions of res­o­lu­tion 2231 are quite clear and de­void of any am­bi­gu­ity. It does not pro­hibit or limit the le­git­i­mate con­ven­tional bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gram and other re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties of Iran. Ac­cord­ingly, Iran’s re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties not only are, in no way, in­con­sis­tent with the res­o­lu­tion but also fall out­side of its purview.

Iran’s mis­sile pro­gram serves as an ef­fec­tive de­fen­sive and de­ter­rent tool against for­eign threats. The ac­qui­si­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing of bal­lis­tic mis­siles to carry con­ven­tional war­heads is an in­her­ent right of any State un­der in­ter­na­tional law, and Iran is no ex­cep­tion.

The U.S. should stop abus­ing the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to fur­ther its mis­chievous poli­cies against Iran. In­stead of base­lessly ac­cus­ing Iran of act­ing in­con­sis­tent with the pro­vi­sions of res­o­lu­tion 2231, the US must abide by the terms of the very same res­o­lu­tion.

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