Iran urges UN to launch talks over ‘alarming’ Gulf tensions

In letter to UN chief, Iran’s ambassador calls for talks between Tehran and Gulf countries to ease rising tensions.

Iran has urged the United Nations to help launch a diplomatic dialogue to ease an “alarming security situation” in the Gulf.

Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the UN, made the appeal in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council on Monday.

The letter came as tensions mounted between Iran on one side and United States and its Gulf allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, on the other.

On Sunday, US President Donald Trump warned Tehran of its “official end” should it threaten Washington. A day later, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced Trump’s “genocidal taunts” and urged the US to address the Islamic Republic with respect and not threats of war.


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