Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Chris Lu at the Election of the Vice Presidents of the General Assembly for the 78th Session

Chris Lu
U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform
New York, New York
June 1, 2023


Mr. President, the United States dissociates from the election of Iran as a Vice President of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.

Iran’s record, unfortunately, speaks for itself. It defies UN Security Council arms embargoes, violates the human rights of its own citizens, and exports violence and weapons, fostering insecurity and inciting violence throughout the Middle East and across the globe.

It is a country that has repeatedly demonstrated a clear lack of respect for the UN Charter and the authorities of various UN bodies.

Iran cannot act as an honest broker in its role as a Vice President of the General Assembly, because it has shown, time and time again, that it does not seek to enhance global peace and security, but rather works against it.

The United States stands opposed to holding Iran in this position, and we will continue to oppose Iran’s leadership throughout the UN system. Thank you.