Iran's UN envoy slams Mullen's war plan
Iran's UN envoy Mohammad Khazaei has strongly criticized an 'illegal' US plan for an Iran strike, saying the US threats are a "blatant breach of UN charter", Press TV reported.
"US authorities and members of the Congress have on different occasions threatened the Islamic Republic with the use of force, which is against the international law and the UN charter," IRIB reported the Iranian ambassador as saying on Thursday.
Khazaei's comments were in reaction to the recent remarks by the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, who had spoken of a US military plan to attack Iran over the country's nuclear program.
The Iranian envoy denounced the US authorities for their "irresponsible and unjustifiable" remarks made on "baseless grounds."
The Iranian diplomat further pointed out that Iran reserves the right to defend its sovereignty against any attack under Article 51 of the UN charter.
The remarks come days after Mullen said that allowing Iran to develop a nuclear weapon was unacceptable.
America's highest-ranking military officer underlined, however, that military action against Iran could have "unintended consequences that are difficult to predict in what is an incredibly unstable part of the world."
The West, including the US, accuses Iran of seeking atomic arms under the guise of a civilian nuclear program.
However, numerous reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency verify that Tehran's nuclear work is merely geared to peaceful ends.