DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Saturday denied US allegations that Tehran supported strikes against US forces in Iraq and Syria, and condemned US airstrikes on Iranian-backed militants there, state media reported.
On Tuesday, the United States told the UN Security Council that it targeted Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq with airstrikes to deter militants and Tehran from carrying out or supporting further attacks on personnel or facilities. Americans.
But Iran’s envoy to the UN, Majid Takht Ravanchi, said: “Any claim to attribute to Iran … any attack carried out against US personnel or facilities in Iraq is factually incorrect and lacks the minimum requirements of authenticity and reliability. “, according to the official IRNA news agency.
Under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, the 15 members of the Security Council must be informed immediately of any action that States take in self-defense against an armed attack.
Washington told the United Nations that the airstrikes hit facilities used by the militia that have been blamed for a growing series of drone and rocket attacks on US forces in Iraq.
But Ravanchi said: “The US argument that such attacks were carried out to deter … Iran and so-called Iranian-backed militia groups from carrying out or supporting further attacks … has no factual or legal basis, since it is founded on the mere manufacture and arbitrary interpretation of Article 51 “.
“The US attacks are carried out in flagrant violation of international law,” Ravanchi said in a letter, cited by IRNA.
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