TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations denounced US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize the city of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the new capital of the Zionist regime of Israel as a ploy to legitimize the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Addressing a UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Friday, Gholam Ali Khoshroo strongly condemned the US recognition of al-Quds as the Israeli regime's capital and the plan to transfer the US embassy to the holy city.

"Occupation of the Palestinian land lies at the root of all crises in our region and any action to deny the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including with regard to the holy city of al-Quds and particularly al-Aqsa Mosque, will only result in more bloodshed and rage," he said.

Khoshroo warned that attempts at legitimizing the Israeli occupation in the Middle East by ignoring historical facts would seriously undermine peace, Press TV reported.

The Iranian envoy emphasized that the "unilateral" act constitutes a "grave violation of international law," as any territorial acquisition resulting from the use of force is illegal.

"The US action is not only illegal but also indicates how hypocritical its policy is with regard to the peace and stability in the Middle East," he added.

"Throughout history, occupation and peace have never gone hand in hand. The case at hand is no exception, and there can be no peace and justice as long as the occupation of the Palestinian land continues,” Khoshroo concluded.

In a speech at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said his administration would also begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The announcement was a major shift by Washington that overturns decades of US foreign policy.

Palestinian leaders had previously warned the move would threaten a two-state solution.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.