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Iran slams US 'disregard for international law' in UN letter

AFP  |  Tehran 

Iran's today released a letter he sent to the UN accusing the US of "a complete disregard for international law" over its withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

US Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 agreement constitutes "a complete disregard for international and the Charter", said in the letter.

His actions "undermine the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes, endanger multilateralism and its institutions, indicate a regress to the failed and disastrous era of unilateralism, and encourage intransigence and illegality," he added.

The letter was written to UN on May 10, two days after Trump made the historic move to pull out of the agreement and reimpose sanctions on

It was only published today on the website of the Iranian foreign ministry.

Zarif is on a diplomatic tour of China, and Europe, the other backers of the agreement who strongly opposed Trump's decision and hope to salvage the deal.

Unlike Iran, "which has scrupulously fulfilled its undertakings... the has consistently failed -- since 'implementation day', and particularly after the assumption of office by Trump -- to abide by its commitments," Zarif wrote in the letter.

He said Trump's withdrawal also meant multiple cases of "significant non-performance" with the nuclear deal, and "clear non-compliance" with resolution 2231 of the UN Security Council, which endorsed the deal.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 19:35 IST