Iran slams U.N. Security Council hierarchy

March 9, 2009 at 1:36 PM
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TEHRAN, March 9 (UPI) -- The hierarchy at the U.N. Security Council is not democratic because the body is shaped according to the will of the powerful, Iranian officials said.

Saeed Jalili, secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, made the comments during a visit with Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, president of the U.N. General Assembly, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting network reports.

"In this system, more power means having a bigger share in making decisions about the countries," Jalili said.

The secretary went on to say the "tragedies and disastrous events" that have plagued the international community during the last century were due to world submission to the powerful in the geopolitical system and added that diplomatic relations should not be based on the will of the mighty.

Last week D'Escoto issued a fiery condemnation of the U.S. military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, telling the Human Rights Council those operations "constitute atrocities that must be condemned and repudiated by all who believe in the rule of law in international relations."

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