United States calls for urgent UN meetings on Iran

03 January, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Phil Peters
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"North Korea can talk with anyone they want, but the U.S.is not going to recognize it or acknowledge it" without an agreement to denuclearize. The freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations charter are under attack in Iran. "All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause", she said.

"The government of Iran is actively attempting to stop social media and other forms of communication that allow their citizens' voices to be heard", Haley said.

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, said Tuesday that Washington would seek an emergency meeting of the Security Council on the protests in Iran, AFP reports.

"I hope that does not happen".

South Korea on Tuesday offered talks with North Korea next week, amid a tense standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year's Day speech that he was "open to dialogue" with Seoul. "This is the precise picture of a long oppressed peoples rising up against their dictators". "If the Iranian dictatorship's history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the days to come". The worldwide community failed to do that in 2009. "We must not make that mistake again".

Haley said the United States would not take talks seriously if they did not take steps toward banning North Korea's nuclear weapons.

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Haley also said the United Nations must speak out in support of protesters in Iran where 21 people have died and at least 450 have reportedly been arrested during violent protests against the country's leadership.

"We are still communicating with people in Iran on Facebook and Twitter and we're constantly updating those two sites in Farsi", said Goldstein.

Haley also addressed the Trump administration's decision to withhold $255 million in aid from Pakistan for what it has described as harboring terrorists.

"We wish for peace in the country to be ensured, as soon as possible, and that common sense would prevail to prevent the escalation of the incidents, and that provocative rhetoric and external interventions would be avoided", the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Indeed, the Trump administration's response to the recent protests has been in stark contrast to the Obama administration's approach in 2009, when Iranians took to the streets to decry disputed election results. "I don't think we should be silent".

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