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As Iran Is Blamed For Attack UN Guterres Feigning Concern For Haiti Bans Press Via Stephane Crepe Lust Dujarric

By Matthew Russell Lee, CJR Letter PFT Q&A

UN GATE, Sept 14 – Back on March 11 with the new proposed U.S. budget the topic of a briefing at the State Department, Inner City Press went to ask about the provision that 15% of U.S. contributions to the UN should be cut if, as is the case, the UN is not protecting whistleblowers. See March 11 photos here, and see below for State Department answer and read-out.

 On September 14 for the UN it was not Antonio Guterres - on a junket feigning concern for Haitian he cheats out of compensation for UN cholera - but the Yemen envoy he had given to him who put this out: " “The UN Special Envoy for Yemen is extremely concerned about the drone attacks claimed by Ansar Allah today against two major oil facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The recent military escalation is extremely worrying.      The Special Envoy calls on all parties to exercise restraint. The Special Envoy urges all parties to prevent such further incidents, which pose a serious threat to regional security, complicate the already fragile situation and jeopardize UN-led political process." Though through Stephane "Crepe Lust" Dujarric, who working with Al Jazeera had Inner City Press roughed up and banned now 438 days. We'll have more on this.

  On September 12 from the UN Security Council stakeout from which Inner City Press remains banned by UNSG Antonio Guterres, this answer from French Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere: Q: "can I ask you the latest on President Macron’s Iran diplomacy, because we are days away from the UN General Assembly? Do you think there is a possibility of a meeting between President Rohani and President Trump?     DE RIVIERE: Together with the E3, France is working very hard to implement and to protect the JCPoA, number one. And number two, to try to resolve and to decrease the tensions in the Middle East. We are talking to everyone, to Iran and the US, together with our European partners, and this is what we are trying to achieve. We want to move closer to a solution."  We'll have more on this.

 Back on June 24 at the UNSC stakeout that Guterres bans Inner City Press from then for the 418th day in a row (but tweeted photo here), Iran called on Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric babbling partner in censorship, here; Iran's Ambassador was asked about a canned Guterres quote which the Ambassador said he could not agree with more.

 Now on July 18 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, "Today, the United States designated 12 entities and individuals based in Iran, Belgium, and China that are linked to the nuclear proliferation-sensitive activities of the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company – known by its Persian acronym, TESA.  The designations announced today under Executive Order 13382 target proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or WMD delivery systems and their associates.  In addition to a freeze on any of their assets within the United States, the sanctioned persons and entities will be denied access to the U.S. financial system and listed online as WMD proliferators.  The United States strongly condemns Iran’s recent expansion of sensitive nuclear activities, including increasing its stockpile of low enriched uranium and enriching uranium at levels above 3.67 percent.  There is no credible reason for Iran to expand its nuclear program at this time and in this way other than as a transparent attempt to extort the international community."

 And here's a question banned Inner City Press asked corrupt Guterres, without answer: "July 16-4: On the Host Country Agreement and Iran, given the Deputy Spokesman's statements yesterday please immediately state when Guterres has allowed the 25 mile restriction to be put on UN staff who are nationals of Iran, why he has allowed it, what he has done to defend the rights of UN staff, and which other countries' nationals he allows these restrictions on. "

From June 24, here is the Iranian Mission's transcription of what he said: "Ambassador Ravanchi’s introductory remarks  In the UN Security Council Media Stakeout - 24 June 2019 As a country whose airspace has been violated by two U.S. spy drones, Iran was entitled to participate in the Council’s Meeting. This is our right under the UN Charter. We expressed our readiness and requested to participate in that meeting. However, unfortunately, we were denied of exercising this right. Today, the Council was briefed unilaterally by one party, the U.S. who is abusing its position as the Council’s permanent member to misguide this body in order to advance its anti-Iranian policy. We have irrefutable information on the incident to provide to the Council. According to our credible detailed and precise technical information on the path, location, and points of intrusion and impact of the U.S. spy drone, there is no doubt that when targeted, it was flying over the Iranian territorial sea. This was done after several radio warnings, all of which were disregarded.  Iran’s action was in full conformity with international law. Iran acted in self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter. Additionally, on the same day, another U.S. spy aircraft with 35 people on board violated Iran’s airspace. However, Iranian armed forces exercised maximum restraint and no action was taken against the invading aircraft. In another instance in less than one month, another U.S. spy drone entered into our airspace on 26 May 2019. Iran has consistently recorded its protest against all such violations and provocative actions through the U.S. interests section in the Embassy of Switzerland in Tehran.  These are only a few examples of provocative actions and adventurism by the U.S. in violating Iran’s borders and airspace.  Conversely, Iran’s practices indicate that while having an inherent right to defend our territorial integrity and enjoying all required capabilities as well as resolute determination to exercise this right, we want neither war nor an escalation of tension in the Persian Gulf region. But, certain circles from inside and outside of the region, through dangerous acts, are attempting to escalate the tensions. This helps them to justify further foreign military buildup in the region and sell more American and western arms to certain countries, including to continue committing the gravest crimes in Yemen. To pursue this policy, they resort to deception, fabrications and disinformation. One clear example is the unfounded claim of the U.S. against Iran regarding the recent oil tankers incident, which were not even supported by some of the closest allies of the U.S.. We categorically rejected the claim. How could Iran be benefited from attacking tankers destined to Japan, while simultaneously its Prime Minister, in his historic visit to Iran, was meeting with the highest Iranian officials? The claim could not be more absurd! The U.S. decision today to impose more sanctions against Iran is yet another indication that the U.S. has no respect for international law and order as well as the views of overwhelming majority of the international community.  To ease tensions in the broader Persian Gulf region, the U.S. must stop its military adventurism as well as its economic war and terrorism against the Iranian people.  There is also a need for a genuine regional dialogue on regional security. We have already expressed our readiness for such a dialogue and have asked the Secretary-General to play a role in this regard."

 Guterres does nothing by flim-flam the Permanent Five members, trying to ensure a second term as UNSG to live high off the hog.

  Iran's Ambassador, arriving half an hour late, said he had a right to be inside the UNSC meeting but was denied.

On June 20, Iran's Mission to the UN sent the Press a copy of its letter to UNSG Antonio Guterres, who has yet to answer Press questions about his lack of diplomatic successes or even focus, mocked by The Onion, and to the president of the UN Security Council for June, Kuwait, that "Upon instructions from my Government, I am writing to inform you about another unlawful and yet a very dangerous and provocative act by the U.S. military forces against the territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, at 00:14 hours local time on Thursday 20 June 2019, a U.S. unmanned aircraft system, taken off from one of the bases of the U.S. military forces in the South of the Persian Gulf, conducted an overflight through the Strait of Hormuz to Chabahar port in a full stealth mode as it had turned off its identification equipment and engaged in a clear spying operation. When the aircraft was returning towards the western parts of the region near the Strait of Hormuz, despite repeated radio warnings, it entered into the Iranian airspace where the air defense system of the Islamic Republic of Iran, acting under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, targeted the intruding aircraft at 04:05 hours local time on the same date at the coordinates N255943 and E570225 near the Kouh-e Mobarak region in the central district of Jask in the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Such a provocative act is a blatant violation of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, in particular its Article 2(4). Iran condemns, in the strongest possible terms, this irresponsible and provocative wrongful act by the United States, which entails its international responsibility.  While the Islamic Republic of Iran does not seek war, it reserves its inherent right, under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, to take all appropriate necessary measures against any hostile act violating its territory, and is determined to vigorously defend its land, sea and air.  This is not the first provocative act by the United States against Iran’s territorial integrity. It is reminded that in all such cases, the Islamic Republic of Iran has officially protested to the U.S. through its interests section in the Embassy of Switzerland in Tehran.  The international community is called upon to demand the United States to put an end to its continued unlawful and destabilizing measures in the already volatile region of the Persian Gulf.  It would be highly appreciated if you could have the present letter issued as a document of the Security Council."

Back on May 20, Iran's Mission to the UN sent Inner City Press a copy of its letter to often absent, invariably cowardly UNSG Antonio Guterres, and UNSG President of the month: "Iran's letter to the UNSG and UNSC President on situation in the broader Persian Gulf Inbox x  Alireza Miryousefi 2:16 PM (1 minute ago) to  17 May 2019  Excellency,  I am writing to you with regard to the recent alarming security situation in the broader Persian Gulf region. There are indications that certain circles from outside of this region — through fabrications, disinformation, fake intelligence and fake news, relying on the support of their allies in the Middle East as well as dispatching naval forces to the region— are pursuing their illegitimate interests by sowing further division and creating more mistrust between regional countries in the Persian Gulf, as well as fomenting insecurity and escalating the already high tension in this volatile region. If unchecked, the current situation might — sooner or later — go beyond the perimeter of control and thereby lead to another unnecessary regional crisis.  The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly warned about the mischievous intentions of such circles, and the wide-ranging regional and international ramifications of their objectives. In turn, Iran has always rejected and continues to reject conflict and war. Iran will never choose war as an option or strategy in pursuing its foreign policy. It should, however, be obvious that if war is imposed on us, Iran will vigorously exercise its inherent right to self-defense in order to defend its nation and to secure its interests.  In light of the above and at a time when the region is in turmoil with no bright prospect in sight, the international community in general, and the United Nations in particular, cannot and must not remain indifferent with regard to addressing the root causes of the current state of affairs. If the issues are not thoroughly addressed, the eruption of any possible conflict will soon cross over from the regional level and will definitely have serious and extensive implications on international peace and security.  Inaction—a lose-lose approach—is not an option and can lead to a disaster that must be avoided. The only solution is in fact the adoption of a win-win approach through active engagement. Accordingly, in view of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the current complex security environment in the region can be eased and ultimately addressed exclusively through constructive engagement and dialogue between the littoral States of the Persian Gulf. Such a regional dialogue should be based on mutual respect as well as generally recognized principles and shared objectives, notably respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of all states; inviolability of international boundaries; non-interference in internal affairs; peaceful settlement of disputes; impermissibility of threat or use of force; and the promotion of peace, stability, progress and prosperity in the region.  As has been stated by H.E. Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the establishment of a collective forum for dialogue in the Persian Gulf region to facilitate engagement is long overdue. By promoting understanding, regional dialogue can lead to agreement on a broad spectrum of issues, including confidence- and security-building measures; combating terrorism and violent extremism; and ensuring freedom of navigation and the free flow of energy. It eventually can include more formal non-aggression and security cooperation arrangements.  In this context, and recalling that paragraph 8 of Security Council resolution 598 (1987) has entrusted the Secretary-General to examine “measures to enhance the security and stability of the region”; your Excellency, by operationalizing this paragraph, could furnish the necessary international umbrella for launching such a regional dialogue.   It would be highly appreciated if you could have the present letter issued as a document of the Security Council.  Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration. "On May 5, John Bolton issued a statement that "in response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force. The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces." On April 22 Pompeo said, "Today we are announcing the United States will not issue any additional Significant Reduction Exceptions to existing importers of Iranian oil. The Trump Administration has taken Iran’s oil exports to historic lows, and we are dramatically accelerating our pressure campaign in a calibrated way that meets our national security objectives while maintaining well supplied global oil markets. We stand by our allies and partners as they transition away from Iranian crude to other alternatives. We have had extensive and productive discussions with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other major producers to ease this transition and ensure sufficient supply. This, in addition to increasing U.S. production, underscores our confidence that energy markets will remain well supplied.  Today’s announcement builds on the already significant successes of our pressure campaign. We will continue to apply maximum pressure on the Iranian regime until its leaders change their destructive behavior, respect the rights of the Iranian people, and return to the negotiating table." Back in March before UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres came to Washington on March 13 reportedly hat in hand, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres would speak at his photo spray with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Inner City Press went - but Guterres, as is his way, said nothing. Photo here. Then this read out -- from US State Department deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino: "The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎     "Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.  The Secretary extended his condolences on the tragic loss of life of United Nations affiliated personnel on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.  The Secretary and UN Secretary-General discussed the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, ongoing events in Venezuela, and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, among other matters.  The Secretary expressed concern that Iran’s destructive and disruptive activities across the Middle East undermine the UN’s efforts to resolve conflicts." Hours later UN Spokesperson tweeted a read out that was, it seems, not emailed out, and that does not mention Iran: "The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Michael Pompeo, United States Secretary of State, today in Washington. They discussed the need for strong cooperation between the United States and the United Nations and addressed several issues of concern, such as Yemen and Venezuela. Additionally, they raised efforts under way, both for prevention and conflict resolution in several African and Middle East situations.   The Secretary-General also provided a status update on the on-going UN reform effort and encouraged continuing US engagement and support." Guterres' spokesman Dujarric did not answer, despite his promise, banned Inner City Press' questions including "March 13-3: On today's and tomorrow's SG team trip to Washington, (1) state how many and which UN staff are on the trip, (2) how much it costs, (3) which members of Congress the SG is meeting with, (4) whether this includes Sen Marco Rubio and if not, why not- did the SG request a meeting? (5) provide read-outs of all meetings or state why not." We'll have more on this. On March 11, too few questions were taken but afterward it was suggested to Inner City Press ask the question in writing. So it did: "Hi - earlier this afternoon after the (short) briefing about the budget, I asked about the provision that 15% of US contributions to the UN would be cut if the UN is not protecting whistleblowers.   It was suggested to me that I email you to ask: does the State Department currently believe that the UN is or is not sufficiently protecting whistleblowers, in light of such case as Anders Kompass and others who blew the whistle on UN and French peacekeepers' sexual abuse in CAR, recent cases at WIPO, etc." On March 12, this was the response to Inner City Press from a State Department spokesperson on background: "The United States believes that all international organizations should operate under modern, accountable management practices, including robust protections for whistleblowers.  The Department of States assesses these protections in the context of preparing the report to Congress required by section 7048(a) of the appropriations act, and raises shortcomings with senior leadership and other UN member states to spur corrective action.  The Department has been monitoring the UN’s protection of whistleblower protections, including recent improvements to the organization’s whistleblower protection policy, which has been a priority for Secretary-General Guterres." We'll have more on this - given Kompass, WIPO, etc. "Policy" and practice are two very different things. Watch this site. When Helen Clark who ran an open campaign for Secretary General won by the significantly less open Antonio Guterres spoke about drugs near the UN on November 19, Inner City Press went to ask and cover it. On the panel also were two UN officials, Craig Mokhiber of the office of Michelle Bachelet and Simone Monasebian, the New York Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Ms Monasebian recounted how some member states were prepared to break consensus on a paragraph on harm reduction in the annual resolution in the UN's Third Committee so that paragraph was removed. Inner City Press when called on asked the panel about the Security Council's heavy handed and military approach to drugs, for example in Afghanistan, and asked for more detail on the Third Committee which it for 138 days has been banned from accessing by UNSG Guterres. Ms. Monasebian noted that beyond Afghanistan the Security Council addressed drugs from 2009 under the Presidency of then Council member Burkina Faso through 2014. Mr. Mokhiber said that military approaches are counter productive. And Helen Clark when she spoke chided the shrinking of civil society space and attacks on journlists including exclusion from the UN across the road. Video here.


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