UN Security Council to meet Friday about Iran, at USA request

  • UN Security Council to meet Friday about Iran, at USA request

UN Security Council to meet Friday about Iran, at USA request

The United States is calling for the U.N. Security Council and Human Rights Council to hold emergency meetings on Iran as it is roiled by protests, AP reported.

Iran's reformist politicians condemned the violence and blamed the U.S. for encouraging "troublemakers", but also called on the authorities to address economic grievances that have fuelled the protests.

"We hear reports that North Korea might be preparing for another missile test", Haley said. The US had called for the meeting on Tuesday, but council members could insist on a vote before taking up the topic, and it would take nine of the 15 votes to go forward.

And U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley is dishing out the karma. She added that it would be "telling if any country tries to deny the Security Council from even having this discussion".

Haley rejected as "complete nonsense" charges by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that the five-day-old protests were being fomented by the country's "enemies".

Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets in several cities on Wednesday for pro-regime rallies.

Earlier this week Ryabkov warned Washington against interfering in Iran's "internal affairs" after US President Donald Trump pledged to help Iranians "take back" their government following protests.

"North Korea can talk to anyone they want, but the U.S. is not going to recognise it or acknowledge it until they agree to ban the nuclear weapons that they have", she said.

"Iran's domestic affairs have nothing to do with the United Nations Security Council's role". The CIA declined to comment.

(CNN) US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday touted a quarter billion dollar cut to the UN's annual budget, capping off a contentious year between the Trump administration and the global body.

A wave of protests about Iran's weakening economy swept the Iranian capital of Tehran over the weekend, the largest protest against the Islamic Republic's clerical government since the disputed 2009 presidential election.

"The people of Iran are crying out for freedom", Haley said at a news conference.

"As to President Trump and all those who love freedom, we should speak loudly in support of the Iranian people and punish their oppressors to the fullest extent possible", Graham said.

Not all council members see a need to weigh in.

The Iranian protests have given Mr Trump a fresh avenue to try to muster world opinion against a nation he has decried since he ran for president.

The 2015 Iran deal gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme. He said Tehran was getting disproportionate benefits, considering its concessions.