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Iran: 'We Won't Use Force'

Monday, June 12, 2006

Regarding "A Legal Case Against Iran" [op-ed, June 6]:

It is not amazing at all, the pick-and-choose approach of highlighting the misinterpreted remarks of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in October and ignoring this month's remarks by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that "We have no problem with the world. We are not a threat whatsoever to the world, and the world knows it. We will never start a war. We have no intention of going to war with any state."

Also, the Islamic Republic of Iran has officially declared its commitment to the fundamental principle of the United Nations Charter, which is to refrain from the threat or use of force against any member of the United Nations. Yet a daily barrage of illegal threats by officials of the Israeli government to resort to force against Iran has continued to date.

Iran's position is very clear: We have not threatened to use force nor have we used force against any country or government in the past 250 years. We've never done that in the past, and we'll never do it in the future.

We wonder whether Israel or the United States can make the same statement.

What is urgent about the situation is getting the U.N. Security Council to act on the daily threats against Iran by the United States and Israel.

M.A. MOHAMMADI

Press Officer

Iranian Mission to the United Nations

New York

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