UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran has threatened legal action against Western states to seek compensation for losses it said it had suffered from U.N. Security Council sanctions over its nuclear program.
The threat came in a 20-page
letter from Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
obtained by Reuters Wednesday. It rejects as illegal the latest sanctions
resolution, passed on March 3, and says
That resolution ratcheted up
earlier sanctions imposed for
In a point-by-point rebuttal,
Mottaki's letter denounced the resolution as contrary
to the U.N. Charter and international law. It said
Sponsors of the resolution "should, as a minimum step, admit their mistakes, apologize to the great nation of Iran, correct their behavior, and above all, compensate all the damages they have inflicted" on Iran, the minister said.
Mottaki did not directly identify
the countries concerned but other paragraphs of his letter indicated he was
referring to the
He did not specify where
A U.N. spokesman said Ban had received the letter, dated Monday, but made no further comment.
WHO SHOULD COMPENSATE?
The letter said that as a
result of an earlier suspension of enrichment under Western pressure, Iranian
factories had been closed, workers laid off and planning for energy needs
"Now, given the fact
that the peaceful nature of
It said that if such
inspections were carried out "on baseless and unfounded pretexts ...
Western diplomats have said some Security Council members were concerned about possible legal implications of the inspections provision.
Mottaki said a clause in the
resolution that seeks to preempt legal action by
The letter repeated earlier
"Thus, my government ... will not be obliged to implement them."
(Editing by John O'Callaghan)