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On Iran as US Summons 15 on UN SC, Russia Says Bizarre, China Wants Proof

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 12, updated -- Asked about the alleged Iranian plot against Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir, Russian Permanent Representative Vitaly Churkin stopped Wednesday morning in front of the UN Security Council and told the press it "looks rather bizarre... But I'm not an expert."

   After an unnamed "Western diplomat" was quoted on the wires that "the US and Saudi Arabia and other allies are discussing the possibility of taking this to the security council because this is an assault on a foreign diplomat in the US," multiple sources at UN told the Press that the US, presumably through Ambassador Susan Rice, would be individually briefing each of the Council's 15 members.

But one European Permanent Representative noted for his sardonic wit told the press his schedule might not allow for such a briefing on Wednesday, "What's the big deal?"
  Later, French Permanent Representative Gerard Araud told reporters that he didn't think the US would formally brief the Council but as to hearing individually from Susan Rice, "Yes, as for myself, we will be informed."

  Exiting the Council at 11:45 am, Araud told the press he had gotten briefed and that it was "convincing and credible."

  Later still, Chinese Permanent Representative Li Baodong told Inner City Press he would get briefed by Susan Rice on Tuesday afternoon, "we want to see... the proof."

  Exiting the Council at 12:40 pm, Colombia Permanent Representative Nestor Osorio told the Press he was briefed by Ambassador Rice and the Saudi Ambassador and was given a written "synopsis" -- he gestured at his briefcase -- that he would further read and "send to [his] authorities."  He said this is not being "taken lightly."

   As Ambassador Rice left at 12:49 pm, telling the press she was briefing colleagues and given them the facts, she turns back quizzically at the word "synopsis." One wag mused, maybe it's that fine Colombian... diction.

Hillary Clinton & Churkin, "bizarre" incident and briefing not shown

  The Security Council's big topic on Wednesday, with forty or more speakers, is Security Sector Reform.

  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was listed as the first speaker, but since he is still on one trip to Europe, before beginning another at week's end, new UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous was set to fill in for Ban Ki-moon. The UN delisted Ladsous' long promised press availability at Wednesday's noon briefing.

Here is the text of Iran's letter to Ban Ki-moon and the presidents of the Council and General Assembly:

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

No. 1110 11 October 2011


I am writing to you to express our outrage regarding the allegations leveled by the United States officials against the Islamic Republic of Iran on the involvement of my country in an assassination plot targeting a foreign diplomat in Washington .

The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly and categorically rejects these fabricated and baseless allegations, based on the suspicious claims by an individual. Any country could accuse other countries through fabrication of such stories. However, this would set dangerous precedents in the relations among States.

Iran has always condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Iran has been a victim of terrorism, a clear recent example of which is the assassination of a number of Iranian nuclear scientists in the past two years carried out by the Zionist regime and supported by the United States .

The Iranian nation seeks a world free from terrorism and considers the current US warmongering and propaganda machine against Iran as a threat not just against itself but to the peace and stability in the Persian Gulf region. The Islamic Republic of Iran warns against the implications of this horrible scenario and submits that the continuation of such divide-and-rule policies could have detrimental effects on peace and security.

The US allegation is, obviously, a politically-motivated move and a showcase of its long-standing animosity towards the Iranian nation. The Islamic Republic of Iran categorically and in the strongest terms condemns this shameful allegation by the United States authorities and deplores it as a well-thought evil plot in line with their anti-Iranian policy to divert attention from the current economic and social problems at home and the popular revolutions and protests against United States long supported dictatorial regimes abroad.

The Islamic Republic of Iran underlines its determination to maintain its friendly relations with all regional countries, particularly with its Muslim neighbors, and invites all to be vigilant against the vicious campaigns targeting stability and peace and friendly relations among States in our region.

As the Secretary-General of the United Nations you have an important responsibility in enlightening the international public opinion about the dangerous consequences of warmongering policies of the United States Government on international peace and security.

I am sending identical letters to the President of the Security Council and the President of the General Assembly. It would be appreciated if this letter could be circulated as a document of the General Assembly under the agenda item 83 and of the Security Council.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurance of my highest consideration.

Mohammad Khazaee
Permanent Representative

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