Iran calls US Threats “Illegal and Insolent”
Yeah, so what's new?
In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan [Iran's] U.N. Ambassador Javad Zarif called President Bush's refusal to rule out a U.S. nuclear strike on Iran and a similar follow-up statement by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "illegal and insolent threats."In other words, the US does not deny the charge.
Bush was asked on April 18 whether U.S. options regarding Iran "include the possibility of a nuclear strike" if Tehran refuses to halt uranium enrichment. "All options are on the table," the president replied, but he stressed that the United States will continue to focus on diplomacy.
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Zarif said the use of "false pretexts" by senior U.S. officials "to make public and illegal threats of resort to force against the Islamic Republic of Iran is continuing unabated in total contempt of international law and fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter."
The "U.S. aggressive policy" of contemplating the possible use of nuclear weapons also violates the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and other U.S. multilateral agreements, he said.
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Zarif said past U.N. failures to respond "to these illegal and inexcusable threats have emboldened senior United States officials to go further and even consider the use of nuclear weapons as an 'option on the table.'"
In a brief statement responding to the letter, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said "if Iran wants to be treated differently, then Iran should stop pursuing nuclear weapons and give up terrorism."
It'll take someone with a REALLY big stick to put these punks in their place.