TEHRAN -- Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday slammed the U.S. dual standards at an unofficial UN Security Council meeting on the Islamic Republic, noting that Washington misuses international mechanisms to serve its own interests.
In a statement, the ministry said the informal meeting held at the request of the United States and Albania to look into the recent riots in Iran “is a clear example of the abuse of international mechanisms by the American government for its illegal purposes and meddling in internal affairs of other states.”
“The U.S., in an uncivilized and undemocratic manner, did not allow any opponent member states to give a speech,” the statement read.
Preventing 19 member countries from expressing their thoughts and reading their statements that were in favor of Iran, according to the statement, “proved that the U.S. administration is pursuing media dictatorship against independent countries even at the UN.”
“The meeting showed that the U.S. misuses international mechanisms, especially the UN Security Council, to put political pressure on independent states, which distorts multilateralism and international cooperation,” the statement said.
The ministry pointed to U.S. rights violations, saying that “while the U.S. has a long history of violation of human rights, Washington has always proved to be unconcerned whether human rights are applied or not and has tried to use human rights as a tool to pursue its political agenda.”
“The Islamic Republic views the U.S.’s measure as meddling in the internal affairs of independent countries, which violates the UN Charter,” it said.
The ministry said it “condemns foreign intervention and ill-wished media campaigns, which triggers violence and riot.”
On Thursday, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amir-Saeed Iravani slammed U.S. claims that the Security Council meeting was held to back human rights even as the Iranian people have been suffering from cruel U.S. sanctions for years, which include food and medicine embargo.