Zarif addressed the General Assembly for a high-level session to mark the 75th anniversary of the world body, where the United States has been seeking to raise pressure on Iran.
According to a new study, since 2001—ironically, the “United Nation’s Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations”—37 million people have been displaced as a result of the US “Forever Wars,” Zarif said later on Monday in his speech to the UN.
“The eight violent wars that the United States initiated or joined since 2001, under the rubric of the war on terror, have resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives, countless broken societies and families… and unprecedented extremism,” Zarif said in a video address.
“It’s time to change that, saving American blood and treasure, and sparing the world from further misery,” he said. “Our United Nations, at 75, needs to recommit itself to stand up united against unilateralism and war.”
Earlier in the day, in a Twitter message, Zarif urged the UN to contain the United States which has spent most of its history in war.
“UN@75 should contain its host, which spent 220 of its 244-year history in war, & since 1945 alone waged—& mostly lost—39 military & 120 economic wars vs anyone refusing to submit to its whims,” Zarif tweeted.
“Reality: No one wins in a war,” Zarif underlined.
Since its foundation, the US has engaged in many military wars across the world.
In recent years, the US military intervention in the region has resulted in nothing but destruction, deaths and insecurity.
Its illegal military aggressions on Afghanistan and Iraq on the pretext of fighting terrorism have claimed the lives of thousands of innocent people.
The most recent war, America’s engagement in Afghanistan, is the most protracted war in US history. The war on Afghanistan was a response to devastating coordinated terrorist attacks on American soil on Sept. 11, 2001 in search of Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces. US troops remain there to this day.
The remarks by the Iranian top diplomat at the UN session came at a time when tensions between Tehran and Washington have been on the rise following the US unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.
Since its pullout from the deal, the US has imposed sweeping illegal sanctions on Iran, hoping to renegotiate a new nuclear deal with Iran.
In recent months, however, US President Donald Trump’s administration has failed to persuade the Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran and faced doubts even from close allies as it argued that Washington can trigger UN sanctions against Tehran.
AFP and Press TV contributed to this story.