PressTV – 2008-09-09 21:37:01
Iran Urges UN Action to Israeli Threats
TEHERAN (September 9, 2008) — Iran has called for a “resolute and clear response” from the United Nations to the dangerous Israeli threats against the Islamic republic.
Iran’s Ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee, sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday in which he described recent remarks by two Israeli ministers as “vicious threats … in blatant violation of the most fundamental principles of international law.”
Israel’s pensioners affairs minister Rafi Eitan has told the German magazine Der Spiegel that President Ahmadinejad should be kidnapped and taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for what he claimed Ahmadinejad’s threats against Israel.
Such remarks by the Israeli official “put on display the aggressive and terrorist nature of the Israeli regime,” Khazaee stated in the letter which was carried by Reuters.
Last week, Ehud Barak said in an interview that Tel Aviv will use “any option” to halt Iran’s nuclear program.
“These dangerous threats of resorting to criminal acts … require a resolute and clear response on the part of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council,” Khazaee explained.
“Iran … in accordance with its inherent right under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, would not hesitate to act in self-defense to respond to any attack against the Iranian nation and to take appropriate defensive measures to protect itself, its people and its officials,” Iran’s envoy underlined.
Qatar Warns against Attacking Iran
DOHA (September 4, 2008) — The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has warned that Doha will not allow any country to turn the Persian Gulf into a war zone.
His remarks on the subject come in an environment of long-standing US and Israel threats to launch an attack against Iranian nuclear installations under the pretext that Tehran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), is planning to secretly weaponize its civilian use nuclear program.
The international nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has strongly denied the charge with. IAEA chief Mohammad elBaradei stating he would resign if Iran is attacked on this pretext.
Tehran insists that its program is purely for electricity generation.
“There is no diversity of opinions between Iran and members of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council over the country’s nuclear program,”, Sheikh al-Thani who is the current head of the (P)GCC, told reporters during a summit in Syria.
Noting that the (P)GCC seeks a long term relationship with the Islamic Republic, al-Thani added that tension in the region is not to the benefit of any county.
“With the exception of the UAE, no Persian Gulf state has a problem with Iran. The conflict between them is because of the three disputed islands. We support the proposition of taking this dispute to the International Court of Justice so it can be resolved,” he said.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) frequently makes territorial claims against the Islamic Republic, claiming that it owns the three islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa.
While Iran clearly has sovereign rights over the islands, Abu Dhabi has managed to gain the support of other regional Arab states.
The islands were formally returned to Iranian sovereignty by Great Britain on November 30th 1971, when it abandoned all its Persian Gulf protectorates and territories through a legal process before the state now known as the UAE came into existence and the al-Nahyan family assumed leadership of the nascent entity.
According to international convention, no state can fail to recognize the legitimacy of any agreements that have come into force before its creation unless such agreements had been officially declared as null and void by the newly created state.
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