UNITED NATIONS (Dispatches) -- Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that Tehran supported attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, and condemned U.S. airstrikes on anti-terror fighters there.
On Tuesday, the United States told the UN Security Council that it targeted militia in Syria and Iraq with airstrikes to allegedly deter them and Tehran from conducting or supporting further attacks on U.S. personnel or facilities.
But Iran’s UN envoy, Majid Takht Ravanchi, said: “Any claim to attribute to Iran... any attack carried out against American personnel or facilities in Iraq is factually wrong and void of the minimum requirements of authenticity and reliability.”
Under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, the 15-member Security Council must immediately be informed of any action that states take in self-defense against armed attack.
Washington claimed that the airstrikes hit facilities used by militia blamed for an escalating series of drone and rocket attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq.
But Ravanchi said: “The U.S. argument that such attacks were conducted to deter ...Iran and the so-called Iran-backed militia groups from conducting or supporting further attacks..., has no factual or legal ground, as it is founded on mere fabrication as well as arbitrary interpretation of Article 51.”
“The attacks by the United States are conducted in flagrant violation of international law,” Ravanchi said in a letter.
The recent U.S. bid to accuse others in the region is doomed to failure as it is meant to cover up Washington’s irresponsible and destabilizing activities or divert public opinions from its illegal and adventurous military actions, he added.