Zarif urges UN to collect Iran dues from recent US piracy

TEHRAN, Jun. 04 (MNA) – Iran’s top diplomat Zarif reacted to the United Nations decision to deprive Iran of its voting rights in the UN General Assembly because of unpaid dues.

“In ‘black is white’ world, UN deprived Iran of its voting rights in the #UNGA as we’re in arrears,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a tweet on Thursday evening, a day after UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wrote a letter to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir, saying Iran would need to pay at least 16.251 million dollars to have its voting rights restored.

“Not considered: US #EconomicTerrorism prevents Iran paying for FOOD, let alone UN dues,” Zarif said, adding that the UN can also collect from the $110m the US stole from Iran in its recent act of piracy.

Zarif urges UN to collect Iran dues from recent US piracy

According to a statement by the UN General Assembly, as of January 13, 2021, ten member states were subject to the provisions of Article 19 of the Charter, namely Iran, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Libya, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia, South Sudan and Zimbabwe, according to PressTV. 

Under Article 19 of the Charter of the United Nations, members whose arrears equal or exceed the amount of their contributions due for two preceding full years lose their voting rights.

The Charter also gives the General Assembly the authority to decide “that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the control of the member,” and in that case a country can continue to vote.

The top Iranian diplomat also published his previous letter to Guterres, in which he conveyed Iran’s “strong dismay” over his announcement, saying the decision is “fundamentally flawed, entirely unacceptable and completely unjustified” due to Washington’s illegal sanctions on Iran.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is fully committed to fulfill[ing] its financial obligations to the United Nations and will continue to make every effort to settle the arrears in the payment of its financial contribution to the UN and other international organizations as soon as the underlying imposed conditions, i.e. the US unlawful unilateral coercive measures, is removed,” Zarif’s letter read.

Zarif's tweet came after earlier in the day, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the country's payment of its UN membership dues has been made possible through a South Korean bank and the debt will be paid soon.


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