Dec 01, 2018 07:00 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 18, 2020 21:52 Asia/Tehran]
  • Iran urges UNSC to condemn Pompeo's remarks

Iran's ambassador to United Nations called on the Security Council to condemn US Secretary of State's threat to ‘starve’ Iranians.

Iran Press/Iran news: Es'haq Al-e Habib has called on the UN Security Council to condemn the recent “irresponsible” and “provocative” remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who openly threatened to “starve” Iranian people.

According to Iran Press, the call was made in a letter on Tuesday, signed by Al-e Habib, to the Security Council’s president and the UN secretary general.

“Such remarks are part of the US policies of exerting pressure and issuing real threats in order to wage an economic war against the people of Iran,” the letter said, slamming the move as “a collective punishment for a nation” and a “clear violation of the basic principles of international law”.

“Pompeo’s comments are another indication of the US’ bullying policy, which knows no limit and principle,” the letter said, adding that the US has no hesitation in penalizing other countries when punishing the Iranian nation.

It also reiterated the fact that the re-imposition of US sanctions against Iran prevents Iranian people from having access to their basic requirements, such as medicines and medical equipment.

“The White House’s measures are a clear instance of crime against humanity,” it added.

“Iran has shown resistance against the US’ bullying behavior and illegal measures within the past 40 years, and will manage to do so against Washington’s recent wrong policies as well,” the letter added.

The UN and its member states must condemn such bullying remarks by American officials, Iran’s diplomatic mission to the UN said, urging the international community to stand up to such policies, which threaten the foundations of the UN and multilateralism.

It also called on the world to hold the US accountable for such irresponsible policies and measures, and force it to remain committed to the UN’s principles and objectives.

In an interview with BBC Persian on November 7, the US secretary of state said Iranian officials must listen to Washington "if they want their people to eat."

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Asked whether he saw any signs of Iranian leaders coming to the negotiating table, Pompeo admitted that there were no signs whatsoever. 

Mike Pompeo told the BBC: "We haven’t seen any indication of that yet, but we’re very hopeful that they will do that. Remember the purpose of these sanctions. The purpose is to stop Iran’s destabilizing influence in the region. And so our effort – not just the sanctions, but the American effort – is aimed at getting the Iranian leadership to understand that they must change their behaviour."

In reaction, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed the threat, stressing that the Islamic Republic will survive and even advance despite Washington’s sanctions.

In a post on his official Twitter account on Nov. 10, Zarif said Pompeo's open threat to starve the Iranian nation was "a crime against humanity" and "a desperate attempt to impose US whims on Iran."

On November 8, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet that secretary of state Mike Pompeo is blaming Iran for unlawful US sanctions, just as he is blaming Yemen for unlawful actions carried out by Saudi Arabia.

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"The sanctions imposed on Iran by the US target Iranian people but Iran's government will do its' best to make a proper condition for the people," Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noted in an online video on November 6. 

"US is very angry because the whole world stands against Washington aggressive policy against Iran," Zarif said.

Iranian Foreign Minister also called on the US to take a long hard look at its' wrong choices and change its' approach from a failed one it has stubbornly followed, instead of prescribing behavioral changes for Iran. 101/202


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