Iran complains about Clinton comments

Iran's deputy ambassador to the U.N. writes to the organization's head about Hillary Clinton's promise to "obliterate" Iran if it makes a nuclear attack on Israel.

By Alex Koppelman
May 1, 2008 7:02PM (UTC)
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In an interview last week, Hillary Clinton told viewers of ABC's "Good Morning America" that she "want[s] the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran [if it attacks Israel] ... Whatever stage of development they might be in their nuclear weapons program in the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them."

The leaders of Iran are, as you might imagine, less than happy about those comments. So the country's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi, has written a letter to the organization with his country's complaints about Clinton's comments. In his letter, Danesh-Yazdi says that what Clinton said is a violation of the U.N. charter; he also said her remarks go against "legal principles on rights of other nations."


"I wish to reiterate my government's position that the Islamic Republic of Iran has no intention to attack any other nations," Danesh-Yazdi wrote.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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