US accused of seeking regime change in Iran: Tehran’s letter to UN

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UNITED NATIONS, June 28 (APP): Iran has told the United Nations
that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent anti-Tehran remarks
were in violation of international laws and norms, and against the
Charter of the United Nations.
The Iranian Ambassador to the UN, Gholam-Ali Khoshrou, made the
remarks in a letter of protest to United Nations Secretary General
Antonio Guterres.
Tillerson said in a June 14 hearing before the House Foreign
Affairs Committee on the 2018 State Department budget that the US
policy is to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons “and work
toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government.”
“Our policy towards Iran is to push back on this hegemony, contain
their ability to develop obviously nuclear weapons, and to work toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government. Those elements are there, certainly as
we know,” he said.
“This statement is a brazen interventionist plan that runs counter
to every norm and principle of international law, as well as the letter
and spirit of UN Charter, and constitutes an unacceptable behaviour in international relations,” the Iranian envoy said in the letter.
“The Iranian government expects that all states condemn such
grotesque policy statements and advise the US government to act
responsibly and to adhere to principles of the UN Charter and
international law.”
Khoshroo also said the remarks “brazenly” contravene the 1981
Algiers Accords, to which Washington is a signatory.