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

US faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

US faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

A UN Security Council emergency meeting on the protests roiling Iran is putting Tehran on notice that "the world will be watching" what it does, the US ambassador said Friday.

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.

"The world should applaud their courage" and amplify their message, said UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, portraying the protests as a human rights issue that could spill over into an global problem. They are calling out, Think of us.

US faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

Sweden's envoy, Deputy Ambassador Irina Schoulgin Nyoni, appeared to sum up the view of many on the Security Council: "Human rights violations must be separated from JCPOA".

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. When the rights of the people are denied, the people rightly resist.

"Today the people of Iran are speaking to their government, and their message is undeniable: Stop the support for terrorism".

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Haley said Friday that "the world should applaud their courage", and the USA "stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves".

"We will not be quiet", she told the meeting. U.S. President Donald Trump cheered on protesters, calling Iran a "brutal and corrupt regime", while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "wish [ed] the Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom". "And we know the truth", Haley added.

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.

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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. "Let Iran deal with its own problems".

This came minutes after France's Ambassador Francois Delattre said France opposes "instrumentalizing" the situation in Iran from outside.

Still, the United Nations charter empowers the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to worldwide friction", and the US wasn't alone in thinking the Iranian protests qualified. To be sure, the White House backing the MEK would emboldened the Iranian regime's narrative that the unrest in the country's major cities is orchestrated by Tehran's "enemies" including the MEK, as well as the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!" Speaking in his national capacity, he said his country considered the developments in Iran to be a domestic issue that did not fall under the mandate of the Security Council.

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