Iran’s election to two major posts in the UN’s top body last week drew immediate objection from the United States and Israel, which condemned the moves as “absurd”.
Tehran was chosen on Thursday to serve as vice-chairman of the General Committee for the 78th session, which begins in September, as well as rapporteur for the General Assembly’s committee on disarmament and international security.
International allies like the United States and Israel flatly rejected the nominations and immediately sought to distance themselves from the decision to place Iran – which has faced international condemnation for its continued nuclear development, violations of human rights and its military aid to Russia in its war effort in Ukraine. – at the head of the General Assembly.
Iran, along with 15 other nations, was elected to join the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as annual vice-presidents. of the assembly.
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“This is a country that has repeatedly demonstrated a clear disrespect for the UN charter and the authorities of various UN bodies,” the US ambassador for management and reform said Thursday. Chris Lu, during the UN debates. “Iran cannot act as an honest broker in its role as Vice President of the General Assembly, as it has shown time and time again that it does not seek to strengthen global peace and security, but rather to against them.”
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Lu said the United States would continue to oppose any Iranian leadership position at the UN
Israel’s representative to the UN – who currently sits as one of the body’s vice presidents for the 77th assembly – echoed US opposition and stressed that “Iran repeatedly threatens the State of Israel using harsh anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic rhetoric”.
“It is totally unacceptable for the leadership of one UN Member State to label another Member State as a cancerous tumor and publicly call for its annihilation. This is a flagrant violation of the UN Charter,” the Ambassador said. of Israel, according to a summary of the UN hearing.
But Tehran’s run for vice president was not the only nomination that raised concerns last week.
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Iran was also elected rapporteur for the Disarmament and International Security Committee in a move the United States called “absurd beyond consideration”, due to Tehran’s flagrant violation of regulations. of the United Nations concerning ballistic and nuclear development.
“While we fully respect the prerogatives of the regional groups to select their candidates for UN office, we ask the groups to review these selections carefully and responsibly,” US Ambassador Robert Wood said Thursday following an interview. decision. “It is absurd beyond consideration that Iran would hold a leadership position in the General Assembly Committee on Disarmament and International Security.”
Wood also pointed out that not only is Iran ignoring international nuclear disarmament and missile regulations, but Tehran also continues to smuggle weapons through the Middle East.
The continued smuggling of weapons from Iran to wars in Yemen and Syria has not only prolonged human suffering, violence and instability in the Middle East, but has also led to proxy wars with big players. international like Saudi Arabia and Israel.
“We call on the Iranian government to end its violation of UNSCR 2231, to stop undermining international peace and security, and to cooperate fully with the IAEA. Until it does, we will continue to oppose Iran’s attempts at leadership throughout the United Nations system,” Bois added.