Below is from my FNC colleague Jonathan Wachtel:
Just received the following from the Iranian Mission to the UN lambasting US ambassador Samantha Power/the US for criticizing Tehran. It also comes after Fox asked the Iranian Mission to the UN about Ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi whose visa has been denied by the US and the Islamic Republic winning two influential humanitarian affairs seats at the UN. – one on women’s right and the other on interaction with NGOs.
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
24 April 2014
The Islamic Republic of Iran categorically rejects baseless accusations raised in the statement of U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations regarding status of human rights and civil liberties in the Islamic Republic of Iran and find these assertions both unconstructive, obstructive and against the spirit of cooperation between sovereign member states and the principles of sovereign equality of states.
In the past decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran has routinely adopted effective and constructive approach in relation to all multilateral issues within the framework of the UN as well as its bilateral relationship with other states.
Civil society and thousands of NGOs are actively pursuing their goals in different areas such as social, economic, environmental, political, women and human rights, etc in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Against this backdrop, It is obvious that Iran’s active presence in UN bodies will be helpful and serve the attainment of non-governmental organization objectives.