Iran Condemns U.S. War Threats

May 15, 2006

On May 1, Iran's ambassador to the U.N., Javad Zarif, sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan demanding that the U.N. condemn the U.S. government's recent and ongoing war threats against Iran, including its threat to use nuclear weapons.

The ambassador's letter denounced President Bush's refusal to rule out a U.S. nuclear strike on Iran and a similar follow-up statement by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice as "illegal and insolent threats."

The letter said that the use of "false pretexts" by leading representatives of the U.S. government "to make public and illegal threats of resort to force against the Islamic Republic of Iran is continuing unabated in total contempt of international law and fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter."

Other excerpts from the letter, as quoted by the Associated Press, read as follows: "U.S. aggressive policy of contemplating the possible use of nuclear weapons also violates the nonproliferation treaty and other U. S. multilateral agreements."

"Such dangerous statements, particularly those of the United States president, widely considered in political and media circles as a tacit confirmation of the shocking news of the U.S. administration's possible contemplation of nuclear strikes against certain targets in Iran, defiantly articulate the United States policies and intentions on the resort to nuclear weapons."

"In view of the past illegal behavior of the United States, these assertions yet again constitute matters of extreme gravity that require an urgent, concerted and resolute response on the part of the United Nations and particularly the Security Council."

"It is indeed regrettable that the past failures of the United Nations in responding to these illegal and inexcusable threats have emboldened senior United States officials to go further and even consider the use of nuclear weapons as an `option on the table."