Iran Complains to UN About US Threats to Attack

Letter Cites Mullen Talk of 'Plans' to Attack

Iranian officials today issued letters to the United Nations complaining about the repeated threats by US officials to launch a military attack on Iran. The letters cited Admiral Michael Mullen’s announcement earlier this month that the military had developed “plans” to launch such an attack.

Iran’s acting UN Ambassador Eshagh Alehabib reiterated that the Iranian civilian nuclear program is strictly civilian in nature and that it is not, despite US claims to the contrary, a plot to develop nuclear weapons.

Mullen had announced the plans on NBC, declaring that the option to attack Iran remained “an important option.” Iran has promised to retaliate in the event that the US or anyone else attacks them.

Reports on an impending attack on Iran have grown in recent days, with Iran about to launch a civilian energy plant. Though harmless in and of itself, the launch of the plant would make an attack considerably less convenient, spreading radioactive waste across Iran and likely sparking international outcry.

Author: Jason Ditz

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