US under fire during UN Security Council meeting on Iran protests

13 Janvier, 2018, 13:11 | Auteur: Armand Coulomb
  • Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations praised anti-government protesters in Iran at an emergency meeting Friday of the Security Council, while Russia criticized the United States for what it said was meddling in Iran's domestic affairs. State television showed rallies in cities including Amol, Semnan and Shadegan waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to America", "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain".

The reform movement was crushed.

She then called on all of her colleagues to join her in amplifying the message of the Iranian people before demanding that the Iranian government stop censoring the voices of the Iranians. "The European Union - as a multilateral and reliable power - will continue to work for the deal to be implemented by all sides".

Envoys from China, Sweden, Bolivia, and several other countries also expressed reservations about whether the Security Council was the right forum for discussing the protests.

Such reticence to support the US position is the latest evidence of growing global resistance to the Trump administration's foreign policy priorities, particularly at the UN. Only British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft openly defended the move.

His Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted to say that the Security Council had "rebuffed the US' naked attempt to hijack its mandate".

Trump vowed as a candidate to tear up the 2015 nuclear deal in which world powers lifted some sanctions in return for Iran curbing its nuclear program.

Perhaps the Trudeau government is taking yet another page from the former Obama administration's playbook by failing to stand with the protestors.

Twenty-one people, most of them demonstrators, have died in protests that began almost a week ago in Iran's second-largest city of Mashhad; hundreds more have been arrested.

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More than a week of unrest has seen 22 people die and more than 1,000 arrested, according to Iranian officials.

The government suspended access to the messaging app Telegram, which was being used to publicise the protests. "But, the leaders of the unrest are held by the judiciary in prison".

The last administration's refusal to act ultimately emboldened Iran's tyrannical rulers to crack down on the dissent.

But Moscow stopped short of seeking to block the meeting. He said that when the country blocked social media "the riots stopped". On the ground in Iran, however, the unrest appears to have ebbed.

"Have no mercy on Americans", he said. They include around 90 university students, reformist lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Mr Delattre said the international community should instead concentrate on fully implementing the nuclear agreement with Iran - which the Trump administration has refused to endorse.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, argued the demonstrations were a human rights issue that could spiral into an international problem. The app boasts an estimated 48 million users in Iran, more than half the population.

The United States received harsh criticism at a United Nations Security Council meeting it called for in the first place.

The United States requested an emergency session to deliver a scathing rebuke of the Iranian government, and throw its full backing behind anti-government protesters.