The Iranian Special Envoy to the United Nations requested a postponement of the Security Council debate on the crisis in Iranian-United States' relations on Monday (26 November).
CU INTERIOR Iran Special Envoy Saeed Sanjabi speaking in English at news conference in United Nations (3 shots)
SANJABI: "The threats made by the U.S. and its propaganda campaign have created a dangerous atmosphere for the region and the entire world. We believe that a meeting of the Security Council should took into these threats. We want the Shah and other leaders of his regime to be brought to trial and punished accordingly. We want the right, we want the return of the wealth stolen by these criminals to the Iranian people and we believe that this will be in the best interests of the crisis-ridden humanity. iranian people, united under the leadership of Imam Khomeini are ready for defence against any threats and aggression. We believe that in our struggle for justice we carry the weight of struggle of the whole oppressed humanity and the liberation and well-being of the world is contingent upon the victory of this struggle. Our people in the next few days will be commemorating occasions of high political and religious significance. Out of respect for these days and in preparation for the meeting of the Security Council we have requested the postponement to the next week of this meeting. At that time our Foreign Minister will be coming here to New York to participate in the meeting of the Council and to explain the position and demands of our people. Thank you very much."
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Background: The Iranian Special Envoy to the United Nations requested a postponement of the Security Council debate on the crisis in Iranian-United States' relations on Monday (26 November). Speaking at a news conference, Mr. Saeed Sanjabi said Iran welcomed the decision to discuss the issue. United Nations' Secretary General Kurt Waldheim had earlier invoked his prerogative under the U.N. charter and proposed an emergency debate by the fifteen-nation Council. He described the situation as a threat to international peace and security. Mr. Sanjabi explained that the Iranian Foreign Minister Abolhassan Bani-Sadr would be unable to attend the debate unless it was delayed for a week.