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Iran complains of US "warmongering" in letter to UN

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 12 Oct 2011 02:52 AM
Author: Reuters
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UNITED NATIONS, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Iran's U.N. ambassador on Tuesday voiced outrage and complained of "warmongering" by the United States after Washington accused Iran of backing a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's U.S. envoy and blow up the Saudi and Israeli embassies.

"I am writing to you to express our outrage regarding the allegations leveled by the United States officials against the Islamic Republic of Iran on the involvement of my country in an assassination plot targeting a foreign diplomat in Washington," Iranian U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.

"The Iranian nation seeks a world free from terrorism and considers the current U.S. warmongering and propaganda machine against Iran as a threat not just against itself but to the peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region," the Iranian envoy wrote.

"The U.S. allegation is, obviously, a politically motivated move and a showcase of its long-standing animosity towards the Iranian nation," he said in letter.

He said Tehran "categorically and in the strongest terms condemns this shameful allegation."

Khazaee said Iran also "deplores it as a well-thought evil plot in line with their anti-Iranian policy to divert attention from the current economic and social problems at home and the popular revolutions and protests against (the) United States' long supported dictatorial regimes abroad."

(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; editing by Sandra Maler)

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