TEHRAN - The Zionist regime cannot deflect attention away from its acts of naval terrorism by throwing unproven accusations against Iran of destabilizing activity, says the Islamic Republic’s deputy UN envoy.
Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Zahra Ershadi made the remarks at a UN Security Council meeting entitled to addressing the issue of naval security.
“Such accusations can, in no way, cover up the Zionist regime’s own acts of terrorism against commercial naval navigation. Over less than two years, the regime itself has attacked more than 10 commercial vessels carrying oil or humanitarian goods in regional waters,” she said.
The remarks came after the regime accused the Islamic Republic of an attack on a Zionist oil tanker off the coast of Oman without providing any evidence in support of the claim. Its traditional allies, the United States and the UK, however, strongly backed up its accusations.
Ershadi called the comments that had been made on the part of American and British officials in support of the Zionist claim “unfounded accusations” and “remarks that had been made based on political ill will.”
“These accusations are repetition of the Zionist regime’s factitious claims,” she said, adding, “There are no verifiable and definite evidence that could substantiate them.”
She reminded that it was the very American and British military interference in the region that had constantly acted as the source insecurity and instability here.
The false news and sham propogandist operations such as the one that had targeted Iran was seeking to justify either the unacceptable extra-regional presence or potential attacks on regional countries, noted the diplomat.
“What they are seeking to depict as definite evidence of Iran’s alleged involvement in the attack on the tanker is just a couple of pictures that do not prove anything,” Ershadi stated.
She, meanwhile, pointed to a subsequent accusation that had alleged that the attack on the Zionist tanker had originated from Yemen.
The latter accusation was used towards supposedly explaining a special forces’ deployment by the UK to Yemen. The deployment allegedly sought to target the “terrorists,” who had been “responsible” for the attack on the Zionist vessel.
The Iranian official condemned both the deployment and the accusation used towards explaining it.
She also said such actions showed that the UK and others had not yet “learned from their defeat in invading Yemen.”
‘Persian Gulf Security Iran’s Prime Policy’
The Iranian Embassy in Islamabad, in a statement released, has warned of plots by the Zionist regime to invoke regional tensions, saying Tehran’s “principal policy” is to protect the security of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
The envoy said that the recent successive security incidents for ships in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman were highly suspicious.
It also urged the media to exercise “vigilance” in the face of “the fake and biased hype created for specific political objectives.”
“Needless to say that the usurping Zionist regime, due to its long-running hostility towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, is seeking a conspiracy to accuse others and create tensions in the region as the new administration is taking office after a peaceful process of power transition in Iran. Unfortunately, certain Western governments have also supported this negative and biased trend,” the embassy said.
“The Zionist regime has always been trying to seriously disrupt the constructive process of Iran’s negotiations with other countries within the framework of the JCPOA. The regime’s recent desperate attempts in this regard should be thoroughly examined,” it added, referring to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by the acronym of its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.