Bolivia Slams US 'Clumsiness' at UNSC Meeting On Iran Protests

Kristopher Drake
January 8, 2018

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people have attended pro-government rallies in recent days. A similar rally followed Friday prayers in Tehran.

Durting the meeting, three members France, Russia and China of the permanent five, joined Iran in asserting that this 15-membered body was not an appropriate forum to discuss the current situation in Iran as it does not pose any threat to global peace and security.

But Russia's ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said the U.S. was "abusing the platform of the Security Council". HaleyHaley: "Open question" if United States athletes will attend Olympics amid North Korea tensions Haley: Trump isn't deciding who controls east Jerusalem Emergency UN Security Council meeting called after Trump's Jerusalem announcement: report MORE called for a series of emergency sessions with the U.N. Security Council in response to the spreading protests, which have led to the deaths of 21 people and arrests of hundreds of others.

"The Iranian people are rising up in over 79 locations throughout the country", Haley told the council. Iran's Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo slammed the meeting as a "farce" and a "waste of time" and said the Council should instead focus on addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the war in Yemen.

Haley went on to destroy the Iranian regime, denouncing their involvement in the Syrian civil war and supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"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. "Let Iran deal with its own problems".

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

"However worrying the events of the last few days in Iran may be, they do not constitute per se a threat to global peace and security", Ambassador Francois Delattre said.

"One U.S. resident took to social media to order the killing of our security forces ... as well as their families, in their homes". The CIA declined to comment. Trump expressed "such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government" and pledged "great support from the United States".

China also described the meeting as meddling in Iran's affairs.

The emergency meeting, requested by Haley on Tuesday, was a misstep for the Trump administration, said Iran's foreign minister on Twitter following the meeting.

"And I call on the Government of Iran to stop censoring the voice of the people and to restore the access to the internet".

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: "The UNSC rebuffed the U.S.'s naked attempt to hijack its mandate".

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