U.S. faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

08 January, 2018, 03:52 | Author: Phil Peters
  • Pro-regime rallies in Tehran as US imposes sanctions

More than a week of unrest has seen 22 people die and more than 1,000 arrested, according to Iranian officials, in the biggest anti-government protests for almost a decade.

Haley, who is becoming known for her firebrand United Nations speeches, told her United Nations colleagues the US unequivocally supports protesters in Iran, who have been protesting for more than a week for their freedom.

France's ambassador to the United Nations told the meeting that recent protests in Iran do not threaten global peace and security.

"It is right and proper - indeed, our responsibility ... to assess whether a situation like this could become a threat to worldwide peace and security", British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said before the meeting.

"Oppressive regimes can not endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice", he tweeted, quoting from the speech. No dishonest attempt to call the protestors, puppets of foreign powers, will change that. "And we know the truth", Haley said. They are the inalienable right of the people themselves.

This is a mistake by the Security Council, he said.

"It's another attempt [at bullying] by the USA, which has lost authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", said Khoshroo.

Russian Federation challenged right at the outset the jurisdiction of the UNSC over a situation that it called a strictly domestic affair of Iran that would be best left for the Iranian authorities to deal with. He pointed out that Trump has a history of making "belligerent" comments about Iran.

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British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, refuted the Iranian allegations and said that no one is forcing Iran onto their agenda.

Under its charter, the United Nations empowers the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to global friction".

Iran has several parallel security bodies and residents say arrests are often not immediately announced.

This could all change if the mass demonstration in the country continues and the Iranian authorities resort to clearly systematic, oppressive and brutal methods to deal with them. History is full of attempts to replace undesirable regimes, but people preferred not to remember that.

"It is right and proper - indeed, our responsibility.to assess whether a situation like this could become a threat to worldwide peace and security", British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said before the meeting.

"The Iranian situation did not pose a threat to worldwide peace and security, and discussing its domestic situation is not part of the Council's responsibilities as outlined in the Charter", he said.

Russia, a close ally of Iran's, agreed.

The meeting was chaired by Kairat Umarov, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UN. He refused this past fall to certify Iran's compliance with the pact and said the benefits to Iran were disproportionate to the concessions it made.

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