“Iran should now attract those countries who could become friends instead of alienating them, as it had done in the past.”
Iranian military chief Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Security Council Resolution 598, which Iran said today it had accepted, was adopted on July 20, 1987, as part of diplomatic efforts to end the war between Iran and Iraq. The text of the resolution is attached below.
Rafsanjani said the shooting down of the Airbus had prompted a major review of Iran’s war policy.
Letter to the UN
“As you are well aware, the fire of the war which was started by the Iraqi regime on 22 September 1980 through an aggression against the territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic of Iran has now gained unprecedented dimensions, bringing other countries into the war and even engulfing innocent civilians.
The killing of 290 innocent human beings, caused by the shooting down of an Airbus aircraft of the Islamic Republic of Iran by one of American warships in the Persian Gulf is a clear manifestation of this contention.”
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