Iranian Permanent Representative to the UN: US actions violate international norms

04.01.2017, Iran.

The Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations, Gholamali Khoshroo accused the US of meddling in Iran’s internal affairs in a statement to UN Secretary General António Guterres. Extracts from the text of the statement were published by Tasnim News Agency on January 4, 2017.

The Iranian Permanent Representative drew attention to “the most recent and wide-ranging attempts by the Government of the United States to intervene in the domestic affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” “In the past few days, the US administration led by the US president has stepped up its acts of intervention in a grotesque way in Iran’s internal affairs under the pretext of providing support for sporadic protests”, he wrote.

According to Khoshroo, these protests were used to commit “acts of senseless homicide”.

He accused the US administration of insulting the Iranian nation and displaying “open hostility towards Iranian people”.

Khoshroo stressed that the right to protest is recognized and guaranteed by the Iranian Constitution. “As in all other democracies, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to protect this right, as well as the safety and security of its citizens against acts of violence and destruction”, he added.

The Iranian Permanent Representative noted that “flagrant acts of interference undertaken by the US Government” violate the norms of international law and contravene the principles and purposes of the UN Charter.

Khoshroo expressed the hope that all states would condemn the dangerous statements and policies of the United States, and “urge the US Government to act responsibly and to adhere to principles of the UN Charter and international law”.

Since December 28, 2017, massive protests have been taking place in major cities of Iran. The media reported that at least 20 people have been killed during the riots, including officials of the Iranian law enforcement services. Over the past few days, more than 450 people have been detained.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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