Iran asked UN secretary general Antonio Guterres on Tuesday to push back against the United States after it imposed sanctions on Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, describing the move as a ‘a dangerous precedent.’
In a letter to Guterres, Iran’s UN ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi accused the United States of a ‘brazen violation of the fundamental principles of international law’ and urged the international community to condemn the US behaviour.
‘Coercing nations into complying with the United States’ illegal demands threatens multilateralism, as the foundation of international relations, and sets a dangerous precedent, paving the way for those who aspire to rather divide, not unite, nations,’ he wrote.
Ravanchi asked Guterres to ‘to play your active role in preserving the integrity of the United Nations in line with your responsibility to counter the current dangerous trend’ but it is not clear what Guterres could do in response to the Iranians.
Meanwhile, two members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have been killed in clashes with militants in a northwestern region near the border with Turkey, Iranian state television reported on Wednesday.
‘The governor of Maku said two Guards were martyred in a clash with terrorists while defending the fatherland,’ the television reported.
It gave no further details. There are frequent clashes in western Iran between the Islamic Republic’s security forces and Iranian Kurdish militant groups mostly based in neighbouring Iraq, including the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, accused by Tehran of links to Kurdish PKK insurgents in Turkey.
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