Iran’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN has written to the UN Secretary General to condemn the threats against Iran made by Israeli officials, stressing that such statements are “a threat to humanity.”

ISNA reports that Eshagh Al-Habib forwarded a letter to Ban-Ki-moon this morning, urging the UN chief to pay close attention to the recent military threats against Iran reported in the Israeli media.

Al-Habib expresses the Islamic Repubic’s “deep concern” about the statements from the Israeli Defence Minister and Prime Minister, saying such statements are in violation of the UN Charter and international laws, and they run contrary to global efforts for international peace and security.

In recent weeks, Israel has become more vocal in its threats against Iran, while the Israeli media have speculated about an imminent attack on Iran in advance of the U.S. presidential elections in November.

Al-Habib wrote to the UN Secretary General that the Islamic Republic has no intention of attacking any nation but, according to its natural rights as stipulated in Article 51 of the UN Charter, Iran will not hesitate to take the necessary steps to defend and protect its people.

Israel claims Iran may be building nuclear weapons, while Iran has repeatedly declared that its nuclear program is peaceful and that it is committed to the articles of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.