USA faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

USA faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

Earlier in the week, the USA government announced it was suspending security assistance to the country.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people have attended pro-government rallies in recent days.

More than a week of unrest has seen 22 people die and more than 1,000 arrested, according to Iranian officials, in the biggest anti-government protests for almost a decade.

"We must be wary of any attempt to exploit this crisis for personal ends", France's Permanent Representative Francois Delattre said, adding that the Council must commit to upholding the nuclear agreement. The world is watching!' he tweeted, quoting from the speech.

"The Iranian regime is now on notice: the world will be watching what you do", Ms. Haley warned. 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.

The statement drew vehement retorts from Russian Federation and Iran, which drew attention to protests within the United States that had been put down. "Let Iran deal with its own problems".

The UN charter empowers to 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.

"It is right and proper - indeed, our responsibility.to assess whether a situation like this could become a threat to global peace and security", British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said before the meeting. Large pro-government rallies have been held in response, and officials have blamed the anti-government unrest on foreign meddling.

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"It is right and proper - indeed, our responsibility ... to assess whether a situation like this could become a threat to global peace and security", British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said before the meeting.

Britain and France reiterated that Iran must respect the rights of protesters, but French Ambassador Francois Delattre said the "events of the past days do not constitute a threat to peace and worldwide security".

He said that Trump was joining the Islamic State and its regional patrons to incite attacks on Iran.

"One U.S. resident took to social media to order the killing of our security forces ... as well as their families, in their homes".

'Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves.

China also described the meeting as meddling in Iran's affairs. "Another FP (foreign policy) blunder for the Trump administration".

"The UNSC rebuffed the US' naked attempt to hijack its mandate".

Treasure Secretary Mnuchin said that the Trump administration "will continue to decisively counter the Iranian regime's malign activity, including additional sanctions targeting human rights abuses". "It is a powerful exhibition of fearless 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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