Israel's threats on Iran must end: Ambassador Zarif

(IRNA) - Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations here Friday evening criticized the UN Security Council for its "inaction" in dealing with Israeli policies and practices which, he said, is emboldening the regime "to continue and even increase its defiance of the most basic and fundamental principles of international law and the United Nations Charter.", reports Trend.

Referring to a letter written on October 23, 2006 by the Israeli regime to the Un and circulated as document A/61/538-S/2006/841, Ambassador Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a letter written to UN Secretary- General Kofi Annan, said that the document, with its various distortions and baseless allegations, "is yet another failed attempt and tired smokescreen by the Israeli regime to distract the international community's attention from the real and serious threats that the said regime poses to international and regional peace and security."

He further blasted the letter as "an attempt to deflect the United Nations' attention from the "daily Israeli illegal threats to resort to force, as well as its horrendous cases of resorting to force, occupation and aggression, against the countries in the region."

"The use of fabricated pretexts by various Israeli officials to publicly and contemptuously make unlawful and dangerous threats of resorting to force against the Islamic Republic of Iran is continuing unabated in total defiance of international law and fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations," the ambassador further stated in his letter. Zarif, citing recent examples of unlawful and dangerous threats against his country, wrote:

"On November 10, 2006, Ephrain Sneh, a Deputy Minister in the Israeli regime's cabinet, threatened that the said regime may launch a pre-emptive military strike against Iran's peaceful nuclear program and said, `I consider it a last resort. But even the last resort is sometimes the only resort.'

"On October 19, 2006 Ehud Olmert, in a blatant threat against the Islamic Republic of Iran, said that Iran would have `a price to pay' if it does not relinquish its peaceful nuclear program. He also said, `We have to prepare for the struggle to prevent this capability being attained,' and further threatened that Iranians `have to be afraid of the actions that may be taken by the Israeli regime.'

"On May 15, 2006, Josef Olmert, who works closely with the Israeli Mission to the United Nations in New York, threatend at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles that `Israel will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear capability, and will launch a unilateral military strike if necessary to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities' (and further) said that `Israel can't wait for the hope of regime change in Iran because time is running out.'

"On March 7, 2006, Moshe Ya'alon, the former Chief of Staff of the Israeli regime's military, said at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC that `Israel has a military option to counter Iran and decision-makers must take the Israeli military option into consideration.'"

Zarif stressed that those unacceptable, unlawful and dangerous threats all reflect the criminal policies and terrorist measures contemplated in terror cells inside the Zionist regime's gruesome state terrorism apparatus.

He said the UN's continued inaction in the face of those illegal threats to resort to force, aggression and war crimes against members of the United Nations has emboldened the Israeli regime not only to continue issuing such threats but also to engage, as a matter of routine policy, in the use of force, aggression and war crimes against members of the United Nations.

He then called on the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, to act on those threats by "unequivocally condemning them and demanding that the said regime abandon its policy of flouting international law and the UN Charter" and for it to "cease and desist immediately from resorting to the threat of use of force against members of the United Nations."

He asked that his letter be circulated as a document of the General Assembly under agenda items 13, 14 and 100 and of the Security Council.

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