United Nations meeting on Iran protests 'blunder by Trump administration'
United Nations meeting on Iran protests 'blunder by Trump administration'
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07 January, 2018, 01:18
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, argued that the Iranian protests - first against and later for authorities in Tehran - could escalate into a full-blown conflict, drawing parallels with Syria.
The UN Security Council went into closed-door talks on Friday on the deadly protests in Iran with Russian Federation and the United States at odds over whether the top UN body should discuss the demonstrations. "The Iranian regime is now on notice: the world will be watching what you do".
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley pushed for the meeting of the top United Nations body, arguing the unrest could escalate into full-blown conflict and drawing a comparison with Syria.
The US administration has also imposed unilateral sanctions on five Iranian companies linked to Tehran's ballistic missile program.
Iran on Wednesday angrily accused the U.S.at the United Nations of meddling in its domestic affairs.
Donald Trump has tweeted his support for the anti-government protesters, warning Iran that the "world is watching".
The Iranian government restricted access to social media at the height of the protests over the weekend, but many Iranians also use VPNs so the government can not track their online activity.
"The United States continues to interfere both openly and covertly in the internal affairs of other countries".
"And people in Iran and throughout should be able to access those sites". Since the demonstrations began six days back, at least 21 people have been killed - including a police officer - while hundreds more have reportedly been detained.
"The President and I call on leaders of freedom-loving nations across the world to condemn Iran's unelected dictators and defend the Iranian people's unalienable right to chart their own future and determine their own destiny".
While the USA and its European partners - including the United Kingdom, France and Germany - all fundamentally support the right of Iranian demonstrators to peacefully protest, they disagree in their analysis of where the situation on the ground is headed and over the strategic value of ramping up the rhetoric publicly, sources have told CNN.
Trump's repeated tweets backing protesters during Iran's unrest were rebuffed by marchers on Friday.
The French diplomat said, "We must be wary of any attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends, which would have the diametrically opposed outcome to that which is wished".
Trump's administration has denied having any hand in the demonstrations, saying they arose completely spontaneously.
'The Iranian regime's contempt for the rights of its people has been widely documented for many years, ' said Haley, adding that the United States stood 'unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families, and dignity for their nation.
"Despite many attempts to distort the essence of what is happening, I am sure that our neighbor, the state that is friendly to us, will be able to overcome the current difficulties and come out of the current period as a stronger country and a partner that is reliable in solving various problems", including those relarted to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Ryabkov said, according to the state-run TASS news agency.
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