USA fails to get UNSC action on Iranian protests

08 January, 2018, 05:57 | Author: Kim Reid
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At Friday rallies in Iran, pro-government demonstrators chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".

Many observers are asking why protesters chose this period to demonstrate.

The statement, backed by other nations, carry an implicit criticism of the USA for refusing to acknowledge the Security Council's main responsibility which is maintaining global peace and security.

Iran's state TV on Saturday showed government supporters rallying a day after the foreign minister said a USA move to call an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss anti-government protests was another Trump administration "blunder".

Briefing the Security Council, Taye-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said the demonstrations taking place in Iran were a fundamental expression of human rights, and a powerful exhibition of courageous people who were so fed up with their oppressive regime that they were willing to risk their lives in protest.

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

US President weighed in on protests in Saturday, warning that the country's people want change and 'oppressive regimes can not endure forever'.

Once again, the US and the media are interfering with internal Iranian affairs.

However, the Russian representative Vassily A Nebenzia agreed with Iran and said U.S. is abusing the platform of the Security Council. Envoys from several other countries, from China to newcomer Equatorial Guinea, expressed reservations about whether the council was the right forum for the issue.

"We must be wary of any attempt to exploit this crisis for personal ends", France's Permanent Representative Francois Delattre said, adding that the Council must commit to upholding the nuclear agreement. He pointed out that Trump has a history of making "belligerent" comments about Iran.

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Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for remaining silent about protests in Iran against the government, while his Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry claimed it was unclear who has "the white hats".

"One U.S. resident took to social media to order the killing of our security forces ... as well as their families, in their homes". The CIA declined to comment. "As the Iranian people suffer, their government and the IRGC fund foreign militants, terrorist networks, and human rights abuses". He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!"

In a second statement on January 1, Rouhani plays down the protests as "nothing" and insists the Iranian people will "respond to rioters and lawbreakers".

The emergency meeting, requested by Haley on Tuesday, was a misstep for the Trump administration, said Iran's foreign minister on Twitter following the meeting. "Another FP (foreign policy) blunder for the Trump administration", he wrote.

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