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Iran complains to UN over Obama 'nuclear blackmail'

Iran has formally complained to the United Nations over comments by US President Barack Obama which Tehran considers to be "nuclear blackmail," the official IRNA news agency reported today.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2010 14:51 IST

Iran has formally complained to the United Nations over comments by US President Barack Obama which Tehran considers to be "nuclear blackmail," the official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

In a letter submitted to the world's top diplomatic body on Tuesday, Tehran questions the "intent" of Washington's new nuclear policy and says it contains threats of nuclear attack against Iran.

"UN members should not tolerate or ignore such nuclear blackmail in the 21st century," says the letter, delivered by Iran's envoy to the UN Mohammad Khazai.

"The United States, in an illegitimate manner, has identified a non-nuclear country as a target of its atomic weapons and is drawing its military plans on this basis," the letter says.

Last week Washington unveiled its reviewed nuclear policy which limits its use of nuclear arsenal but singles out Iran and North Korea as exceptions reportedly for flouting UN Security Council resolutions.

Obama himself in an interview with New York Times said Iran and North Korea were "outliers" when it came to his new nuclear policy.

"Such comments are not just expressing an intent, but are part of official documents which formulate the US policy in using atomic weapons against a non-nuclear country which is a NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) member," the letter says.