UN / IRAN GULF

09-Jan-2020 00:01:51
Iran’s Ambassador Mahid Takht Ravanchi told the Security Council that “the world is at a crossroads” as “one unhinged regime is frantically clamoring to turn back time,” meaning “more damaging American unilateralism in defiance of international norms and law.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / IRAN GULF
TRT: 01:51
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

09 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahid Takht Ravanchi, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations:
“The world is at a crossroads: with the end of monopolies on power, one unhinged regime is frantically clamoring to turn back time. This has meant more damaging American unilateralism in defiance of international norms and law: most recently a dastardly targeted assassination of the heroes who were the nightmare of groups such as ISIS. But since the regime’s inauguration, more and more threats and attacks against the people of Iran and other sovereign nations in utter disregard of the Charter. It now even seeks to emulate the war crimes of Daesh, menacing the cultural heritage of the millennia-old civilization of Iran.”
4. Med shot, US Ambassador Kelly Craft
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahid Takht Ravanchi, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations:
“Our January 8th action against an air base in Iraq from which the cowardly armed attack against Martyr Soleimani was launched, was a measured and proportionate response to a terrorist attack, in the exercise of our inherent right to self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the Charter.”
6. Wide shot, US Ambassador Kelly Craft
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahid Takht Ravanchi, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations:
“This rogue US regime has withdrawn from several landmark accords, including the Paris Agreement, the INF Treaty, and not least, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. That, in an open affront to this very Council, has involved unprecedented and unlawful US punishment of anyone who attempts to comply with Resolution 2231, which unequivocally endorses the JCPOA.”
9. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
Iran’s Ambassador Mahid Takht Ravanchi today (9 Jan) told the Security Council that “the world is at a crossroads” as “one unhinged regime is frantically clamoring to turn back time,” meaning “more damaging American unilateralism in defiance of international norms and law.”

Most recently, Ravanchi said, “a dastardly targeted assassination of the heroes who were the nightmare of groups such as ISIS” as well as “more and more threats and attacks against the people of Iran and other sovereign nations in utter disregard of the Charter.”

Ravanchi was reading a statement by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was denied a US visa and could not attend the meeting.

He said the United States “now even seeks to emulate the war crimes of Daesh, menacing the cultural heritage of the millennia-old civilization of Iran.”

The Ambassador said Iran’s “action against an air base in Iraq from which the cowardly armed attack against Martyr Soleimani was launched, was a measured and proportionate response to a terrorist attack, in the exercise of our inherent right to self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the Charter.”

Ravanchi pointed out that “this rogue US regime has withdrawn from several landmark accords, including the Paris Agreement, the INF Treaty, and not least, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” known as the JCPOA.

He said the US “in an open affront to this very Council, has involved unprecedented and unlawful US punishment of anyone who attempts to comply with Resolution 2231, which unequivocally endorses the JCPOA.”

The statement was delivered during a Council meeting convened by the Vietnamese delegation on “Upholding the United Nations Charter to Maintain International Peace and Security.”
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