Security Council Resolution 598, which on this day in 1988 Iran said 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 appears 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. Read full story