As Iran Protests Dwindle, US Calls Emergency UN Talks

  • As Iran Protests Dwindle, US Calls Emergency UN Talks

As Iran Protests Dwindle, US Calls Emergency UN Talks

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) remained divided to discuss the situation in Iran and most UNSC members criticized the United States for exploiting the issue.

France's ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council the protests in Iran did not require a meeting before the worldwide body.

Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said the United States had abused its power as a permanent member of the Security Council by calling the emergency meeting.

An estimated 42,000 people took part in the protests, according to Iran's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli. "The world will be watching what you do", Haley said.

Meanwhile, state media on January 7 broadcast live footage of a fifth day of pro-government rallies organized by authorities.

It is not precisely clear what Ms Haley hoped to achieve by convening the session on Friday, which was not previously scheduled. He asked rhetorically why the Security Council had not taken up the issue of Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson, Missouri, which were at times also met with a violent police response.

Haley disagrees; "It will be telling if any country tries to deny the Security Council from even having this discussion, just as the Iranian regime tries to deny its own people the ability to have their voices heard".

Nebenzia remarks echoed those of Moscow's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov, who accused the United States of "shamelessly" interfering in the in a "situation that is of purely national concern to Iran".

Russia considers a USA proposal for an extraordinary meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the turmoil in Iran as "harmful and destructive", RIA news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday.

"The Iranian dictatorship is trying to do what it always does, which is to say that the protests were designed by enemies". There were some reports of small anti-government demonstrations in provincial towns, but these could not be verified. On Thursday, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned five Iran-based entities related to a key elements of Iran's ballistic missile program, which U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Iranian regime "prioritizes over the economic well-being of the Iranian people".

But there was evidence of a mini-revolt brewing within the Security Council chamber, not only among traditional adversaries like Russian Federation and China, but also among close allies like France and Sweden.

US President Donald Trump has called the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran "the worst deal ever". "Iran's domestic affairs have nothing to do with the United Nations Security Council's role".

Some Iranians blame reformist President Hassan Rouhani for Iran's woes, saying he's failed to deliver the jobs and foreign investment promised by the 2015 nuclear deal, which relaxed global sanctions.