The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations was denied participation in a United Nations Security Council meeting, of which it is not a member, and stated it is the victim of the United States, while denying any involvement in multiple attacks in the Middle East in recent weeks.
This follows new sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Monday, June 24, targeting Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei and multiple other high-level officials of the Iranian regime.
Iran’s UN Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi, has been given a voice recently in U.S. mainstream media, stating the case of the Iranian Islamic regime to the American public while claiming that the U.S. government is misleading the American people and the world. The Iranian ambassador spoke to the media after being shut out of the Security Council meeting.
“As a country whose airspace has been violated by two U.S. spy drones, Iran was entitled to participate in the council’s meeting today. This is our right under the U.N. charter. We expressed our readiness and requested to participate in that meeting. However, unfortunately we were denied our exercising this right,” said Ravanchi.
The U.S. actions against Iran follow multiple recent attacks in the Middle East including widely reported attacks on two oil tankers owned by Norway and Japan and multiple additional oil tanker attacks outlined by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Jonathan Cohen who laid out detailed specifics of the U.S. case, which are supported by multiple other countries. Iran has denied any involvement in any of the attacks.
President Donald Trump announced Monday that sanctions would increase on Iran and would specifically target Ayatollah Khamenei, the leader of the Iranian regime and other high-level Iranian officials. He stated that the sanctions are in response to Iran’s recent attacks and held the ayatollah responsible for Iran’s hostile conduct.
“OK. Thank you very much. In a few moments I’ll be signing an executive order imposing hard hitting sanctions on the supreme leader of Iran and the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran and many others. Today’s action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks, including shooting down of U.S. drones. You shot down the drone it’s … I guess everyone saw that one and many other things. They’ve done many other things, aside from the individual drone. You saw the tankers and we know of other things that were done also which were not good and not appropriate. The supreme leader of Iran is the one who ultimately is responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime,” said the president.
Iran’s U.N. representative focused on the sanctions in his comments to the press and stated that Iran is the victim of the United States, while refusing to enter into dialogue with the United States.
“You cannot start a dialogue with somebody who is threatening you, who is intimidating you. Today we just witnessed that the United States imposed another set of sets of sanctions against Iran. How can you start a dialogue with somebody whose primary preoccupation is to put more sanctions on Iran so that the atmosphere of such a dialogue does is not ready yet,” said Ravanchi.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the United States continues to call for discussions with Iran.
“We’re prepared to negotiate with no preconditions. They know precisely how to find us. And I am confident that at the very moment they are ready to truly engage with us, we’ll able to begin these conversations. I’m looking forward to the day that. … The president said repeatedly we want a brighter future for the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, those negotiations are the gateway. That’s how we’ll ultimately achieve this.” said the secretary.