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Iran envoy dismisses Ukraine's accusations Tehran violated UN resolution

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Amir-Saeid Iravani, Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations (Photo by Fars news agency)

Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations refutes Ukraine's allegation that the Islamic Republic violated a UN resolution by, what Kiev calls, providing Russia with drones.

Amir-Saeid Iravani made the remarks in a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the world body's Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday.

The envoy submitted the letter after Ukraine’s UN Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya wrote to Guterres and Security Council members, alleging that the Islamic Republic had "violated" the UNSC Resolution 2231 by allegedly transferring unmanned aerial vehicles to Russia, which is conducting a military operation in the ex-Soviet republic.

The letter obtained by the Associated Press alleges that Iran had violated the resolution by breaching the Paragraph 6 of its Annex B that used to ban Tehran from selling "uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) systems having a range equal to or greater than 300 kilometers (186 miles)." Kyslytsya also invited UN experts to visit his country to ascertain, what he called, Iran-built drones being used by Russia in the military operation.

Responding to Kiev's allegations, Iravani noted that the restrictions mentioned in the Annex B of the UNSC resolution had "ended in October 2020." "Since then, none of Iran's actions towards provision, selling or transfer of weapons or related materials to other countries has been subject to the resolution," he added.

The Ukrainian official also accused Iran of breaching the Paragraph 4 of Annex B, which bans development of nuclear-capable missile systems.

Iravani also condemned the Ukrainian official's latter claim as "wrongful and arbitrary interpretation" of the resolution and Paragraph 4's "spirit."

The Islamic Republic "has neither provided, nor intends to provide [any foreign party] with items, materials, equipment, commodities, and technology that contribute to development of nuclear weapons."

Ukraine's invitation of UN experts towards examination of Iran's so-called violation of Resolution 2231 is, therefore, "lacking in all legal foundation within Resolution 2231's framework," the Iranian official asserted.

The official called on the UN secretary-general to prevent any "misuse" of the resolution in relation to the war in Ukraine.

He finally called on the world body to confront such unfounded anti-Iranian allegations.


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