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

08 January 2018

How does America proclaim herself a friend of the Iranian people if we are trying to persuade Europeans to abrogate the nuclear accord and reinstitute the sanctions that impoverish the Iranian people?

He discussed the cancellation of the visit of the french foreign minister to Tehran during the previous week and said "this is unacceptable that a country has the largest number of economic agreements with Iran on paper, but adopts political and security policies that are totally against our country". "But I want to make sure that, yes, where people are peacefully protesting they have have the right to peaceably protest, but that they are not also manipulated by other forces that are equally as abhorrent as the Iranian regime".

While U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed support for demonstrators in Iran and engaged in heightened rhetoric, the United States is likely to hang back and avoid direct involvement, U.S. experts said.

Ahead of the meeting it was clear that the Council would not be able to even come up with a resolution or a statement on the Iranian protests because of opposition from veto-wielding permanent member Russian Federation and others. We will not be quiet.

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.

The U.S. called Friday's meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations.

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

"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 Security Council is perfectly empowered through Article 34 of the UN Charter, and I quote, to investigate any dispute or any situation which might lead to global friction or give rise to a dispute in order to determine whether the continuance of the dispute or situation is likely to endanger the maintenance of worldwide peace and security", he said. "Let Iran deal with its own problems".

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

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

The meeting was chaired by Kairat Umarov, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UN.

Council President Kairat Umarov, speaking in his national capacity as Kazakhstan's Permanent Representative, said that the developments in Iran were a domestic matter and, therefore, did not come under the Council's purview.

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