(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - He made the remarks in a letter to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council member states.
ˈThe Zionist regime high-ranking officialsˈ provocative remarks about attacking Iran are against the regional and international peace and security; Zionist regime prime ministerˈs remarks about Iranˈs peaceful nuclear activities on November 5 are a clear violation of international rules and regulations.ˈ
In the meantime, the high-ranking official warned Tel-Aviv that Iranˈs response to any kind of raid will be immediate and crushing for the Zionist entity.
ˈThe UN should condemn the anti-Iranian remarks by the officials of the occupying force of Zionist regime which has an incomparable record of crimes against humanity and is the only regime with nuclear bombs in the Middle East.ˈ
Khazaˈie added that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never attacked any country and would never raid any state, but based on Article 51 of the UN Charter which stresses the right of countries to engage in self-defense, Tehran reserves the right to give immediate and crushing response to any foreign attack.
ˈAny country or group of countries which would begin a war should be responsible for its consequences.ˈ
Khazaˈie asked the UN Secretary General as well as the UN Human Rights Council to register the letter as an official UN document.
Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter sets out the UN Security Councilˈs powers to maintain peace. It allows the Council to ˈdetermine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggressionˈ and to take military and nonmilitary action to ˈrestore international peace and securityˈ.
Chapter VII also gives the Military Staff Committee responsibility for strategic coordination of forces placed at the disposal of the UN Security Council. It is made up of the chiefs of staff of the five permanent members of the Council.
The UN Charterˈs prohibition of member states of the UN attacking other UN member states is central to the purpose for which the UN was founded in the wake of the destruction of World War II: to prevent war. This overriding concern is also reflected in the Nuremberg Trialsˈ concept of a crime against peace ˈstarting or waging a war against the territorial integrity, political independence or sovereignty of a state, or in violation of international treaties or agreements...ˈ (crime against peace), which was held to be the crime that makes all war crimes possible.
Article 51 provides for the right of countries to engage in self-defense, including collective self-defense, against an armed attack.
ˈ Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defense shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and securityˈ.
Israel and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.
Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Iran, an NPT-signatory, has also called for the removal of all weapons of mass destruction from across the globe.
In pursuit of global nuclear disarmament, Tehran held a conference on nuclear disarmament on April 18-19, 2010 with officials from different world countries in attendance. During the two-day conference, world officials and politicians put their heads together to address issues and concerns in connection with nuclear disarmament.
Despite Iranˈs compliance with the NPT, Washington and its Western allies accuse the country of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehranˈs nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plant.