Jun 11, 2021, 10:05 PM
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Iran's restores its right to vote in United Nations

New York, June 11, IRNA - Iran's Permanent Representative in the United Nations confirmed the payment of Iran's arrears to the United Nations and the re-establishment of Iran's right to vote in the organization.

Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations, said in a Twitter message on Friday that the illegal US sanctions have not only deprived the Iranian people of drugs, but also prevented Iran from paying arrears to the United Nations.

He added that since after more than 6 months, the United Nations announced today that it has received the money so all inhumane sanctions must be lifted now.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres had previously written to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir that several countries including Iran had not paid their arrears so their voting rights should be revoked in accordance with the bylaws.

It is stated in the UN charter that members whose arrears are equal to the amount of their participation in the previous two years will lose their voting rights.

According to the UN chief's letter, the minimum payment required to restore Iran's voting rights was 16,251,298, dollars which could not be transferred due to sanctions. 

Following this letter, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, wrote a letter to the secretary general protesting against this issue, and regarded the oppressive sanctions and US economic terrorism against the Iranian people as the reason for the problem.

Finally, with diplomatic pursuits, this amount of blocked Iranian money was released in South Korea and transferred to the United Nations account.

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