TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s mission to the United Nations urged the UN Security Council to condemn the recent “irresponsible” and “provocative” remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who openly threatened to “starve” the Iranian people.
In a letter to the Security Council’s president and the UN secretary general, signed by Iran’s deputy ambassador to the UN Eshaq Al-e-Habib on Tuesday, the Iranian mission said, “Such remarks are part of the US policies of exerting pressure and issuing real threats in order to wage an economic war against the people of Iran.”
The letter also slammed Pompeo’s move as “a collective punishment for a nation” and a “clear violation of the basic principles of international law”.
“Pompeo’s comments are another indication of the US’ bullying policy, which knows no limit and principle,” the letter said, adding that Washington has no hesitation in penalizing other countries when punishing the Iranian nation, according to Iran Press.
It also reiterated the fact that the re-imposition of US sanctions against Iran prevents Iranian people from having access to their basic requirements, such as medicines and medical equipment.
“The White House’s measures are a clear instance of crime against humanity,” it added.
“Iran has shown resistance against the US’ bullying behavior and illegal measures within the past 40 years, and will manage to do so against Washington’s recent wrong policies as well,” the letter added.
The UN and its member states must condemn such bullying remarks by American officials, Iran’s diplomatic mission to the UN said, urging the international community to stand up to such policies, which threaten the foundations of the UN and multilateralism.
It also called on the world to hold the US accountable for such irresponsible policies and measures, and force it to remain committed to the UN’s principles and objectives.
In an interview with BBC Persian on November 7, the US secretary of state said Iranian officials must listen to Washington "if they want their people to eat."