Haley's Iran Session at UN Turns Into Defense of Nuclear Deal

08 January, 2018, 03:27 | Author: Terri Saunders

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

Hundreds carried out demonstrations in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Germany in support of Iranian protesters facing repression from the government in the past two weeks.

Amid the unrest and anti-government rallies that began last week, Iran has also seen three days of pro-government demonstrations, with crowds in the tens of thousands.

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.

Heated debate took place on the floor of the Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in NY after its 15 members were gathered at the request of the U.S. to discuss the current situation in Iran.

A United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss the protests turned into criticism of the United States for requesting to meet on what some member states said was an internal issue for Iran. Large pro-government rallies have been held in response, and officials have blamed the anti-government unrest on foreign meddling.

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Observing that the Council's primary responsibility is maintaining global peace and security, Wu Haito of China said that it should not be the venue for discussing the human rights situation of any country.

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

The French diplomat was blunt when he said that the violations of the demonstrators' rights "do not constitute per se a threat to global peace and security". "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".

"This is nothing but another desperate attempt by the U.S. administration to escape, as it has lost every shred of moral, political and legal authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", he said. "As the Iranian people suffer, their government and the IRGC fund foreign militants, terrorist networks, and human rights abuses".

Khoshoroo alleged that the USA has a long history of intervening in the internal affairs of Iran, including a continuous pattern of disruption in the democratisation process in Iran. The CIA declined to comment. "Another FP (foreign policy) blunder for the Trump administration", he wrote. "It is a powerful exhibition of courageous people who have become so fed up with their oppressive government that they are willing to risk their lives in protest".

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