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'Raising Iran unrest at United Nations a blunder'

'Raising Iran unrest at United Nations a blunder'

U.K. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft echoed Haley's concerns about Iran's regional role and crackdown on protests, but added, "The U.K. remains fully committed to the JCPOA".

"The people of Iran are rising up".

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

At least 21 people have been killed amid the anti-government protests and unrest over the country's economic woes - demonstrations Iran has accused the USA of stirring up.

US President Donald Trump has come out in support of the protestors. She said the demonstrations were a "spontaneous expression of fundamental human rights" against an "oppressive government" that prioritizes militias and terror groups overseas over its own people. "A prosperous, stable Iran is beneficial to all". No dishonest attempt to call the protestors, puppets of foreign powers, will change that.

The state broadcaster showed pro-government rallies in several cities, starting with Amol, in the northern province of Mazandaram, with hundreds of people waving the Iranian flag and chanting slogans against the US and Israel.

The Iranian regime's contempt of the rights of its people had been widely documented, she said.

For Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, the meeting was an attempt to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump opposes.

This is a mistake by the Security Council, he said.

US faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

"It's another attempt [at bullying] by the US, which has lost authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", said Khoshroo.

The statement, backed by other nations, carry an implicit criticism of the USA for refusing to acknowledge the Security Council's main responsibility which is maintaining global peace and security.

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.

Russia, a close ally of Iran's, agreed.

This could all change if the mass demonstration in the country continues and the Iranian authorities resort to clearly systematic, oppressive and brutal methods to deal with them.

"Following the current logic, it should have held a meeting after the events in Ferguson, Missouri".

The widespread demonstrations were initially triggered by the worsening economic situation in the country but soon touched upon other issues relevant to the level of democracy and respect for human rights in the country.

"The Iranian situation did not pose a threat to global peace and security, and discussing its domestic situation is not part of the Council's responsibilities as outlined in the Charter", he said.