Russia’s UN Envoy on Iran and Ukraine

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by Stephen Lendman
Washington officials notoriously dissemble. Their Russian counterparts speak with refreshing candor – straight talk on vital issues, not US-style double-talk and Big Lies.
Interviewed by RT, Moscow’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin commented on Iran’s recent ballistic missile test, calling the “outcry…surpris(ing).”
On July 20, 2015, Security Council members unanimously approved Resolution 2231 – making the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA nuclear deal) agreed to by seven nations (P5+1 and Iran) binding international law. 
It “calls” on Iran not to test missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. It imposed no missile testing prohibition.
“Those bans were there before,” said Churkin. “All those bans were lifted. Technically or legally you cannot argue that (Tehran is) violating any kind of a prohibition.”
No evidence suggests its missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads – weapons it doesn’t have or want. Calling its legitimate tests unacceptable violates its right of self-defense – what Iranian weapons development and preparedness are all about.
The Islamic Republic never attacked another country, threatens none now – in contrast to Washington’s permanent war on humanity.
Iranian officials justifiably fear possible US and/or Israeli aggression. Preparing a military deterrent is vital to the nation’s security.
Addressing Kiev’s escalated aggression in Donbass, Churkin said authorities launching it aim to make “sure that there are additional obstacles for the improvement of relations between the US and Russia” they want prevented.
Aggression was “initiated by the Ukrainian armed forces and (Nazi-infested) volunteer battalions. If you read the reports of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine…it is obvious that” fighting is the regime’s fault.
Shelling continues daily. Western media reports blame victims instead of the aggressor, ignoring Ukrainian artillery targeting residential areas.
“(L)ack of (Western media) objectivity” is a major impediment to conflict resolution, Churkin said. Big Lies about Russian involvement ignore reality.
“(S)upport (for) Ukraine (is) clearly diminished in the UN and it is a very encouraging trend in terms of pressure that needs be put on Kiev to make them do the things that need to be done in order to implement the Minsk agreements,” Churkin said.
Days earlier, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakhavova blasted Kiev’s “barbaric attack(s),” stressing they “cannot be justified.”
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.