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Iran urges UN to take stance against US violations

Gholam-Ali Khoshroo (L) met UN chief Antonio Guterres in New York on Friday (November 16, 2018) and presented to him a hand-woven tapestry featuring his portrait during a farewell ceremony at the end of the Iranian UN ambassador’s mission. (Photo by IRNA)

Gholam-Ali Khoshroo, Iran’s outgoing ambassador to the United Nations, has called on the world body to take an official stance against what he described as America's evasion of the international law.

Khoshroo made the call in a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. He also urged Guterres to take an adequate position toward Washington's move to restore sanctions against Iran, IRNA reported. 

Apart from the sanctions, the Iranian envoy said the UN needed to take action against America's move to unilaterally withdraw from its 2015 multi-lateral nuclear deal with Iran in May even though it had been approved by the UN Security Council as Resolution 2231 and respecting its contents were to be mandatory by all parties, including Iran and the US.  

Khoshroo called it unprecedented in the world body’s history that a permanent member of the UN Security Council - like the US - would seek to punish other UN members - like Iran - for remaining committed to a Security Council resolution.

He further denounced US efforts to threaten other nations with “secondary sanctions” if they breached the sanctions against Iran.

“The international community should stand up to these arbitrary and extra-judicial actions,” Khoshroo was quoted as saying.

He also described the Saudi-led attacks on Yemen as a "profound humanitarian catastrophe," and called for efforts to help end the war and begin the process of political reconciliation among the concerned parties.

Guterres, for his part, emphasized the need for “multilateralism” in the face of international issues, and hoped that the war on Yemen come to an end and the resulting humanitarian catastrophe be stemmed soon.

The meeting was concluded by the outgoing Iranian envoy’s presenting the UN chief with a hand-woven tapestry featuring the latter’s portrait to be displayed at the world body’s permanent exhibition.

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