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UN Members Criticize US For Calling Meeting On Iran Protests

10 January 2018

Eight people were arrested in The Hague after breaking into the Iranian Embassy during a protest. While the Obama administration assiduously sought to stay out of a 2009 wave of protests that swept Iran, but Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's personal website nevertheless alleges they were a USA conspiracy.

Price hikes sparked protests in a number of cities and towns late last month, and at least 21 people were killed in scattered clashes. The instigation has included such activities as encouraging and training people to use Molotov cocktails, capture ammunition depots and stage an armed uprising.

It's unclear what the USA hoped to accomplish by calling the meeting.

"The Iranian situation does not pose any threat to global peace or security nor is it on the agenda of the Security Council".

But diplomats said Wednesday that no such meeting was scheduled for the time being.

The provincial governor in northeastern Mashhad, where the protests started, was quoted as saying on Saturday that 85% of detainees there had been released after signing a pledge not to re-offend. He stressed UN's interference would not help resolve the issue.

"The official line pursued by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is nearly one that would lead us to war", Macron told reporters, according to Reuters. Nebenzia said the domestic political situation has stabilized in recent days.

If the United States wants to support the Iranian people's aspirations to a better life, it should put its money where its mouth is.

"Preventative" arrests of university students are rather uncommon in Iran.

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A demonstrator shouts slogans outside the Iran Embassy in Rome on Tuesday

"Today we are witnessing how the United States is abusing the platform of the Security Council", Nebenzia stated on Friday.

But other members objected to the meeting, insisting the Council wasn't empowered to discuss the internal affairs of a United Nations member state.

Iran has several parallel security bodies and residents say arrests are often not immediately announced.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard said on Sunday that the nation and its security forces have ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted last month.

Those funds were never specifically earmarked for democracy assistance in Iran and could be used more broadly, but nevertheless, the program did important, if limited work, especially supporting internet freedom and offshore training of activists. Similarly, Iran has already lodged complaints against the United States for inciting the current unrest. "The world will be watching what you do", Haley said.

Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: "The UNSC rebuffed the US's naked attempt to hijack its mandate ..." Majority emphasized the need to fully implement the JCPOA and to refrain from interfering in internal affairs of others. "Another FP [foreign policy] blunder for the Trump administration".

The US on Friday took the Iran protests to the UN Security Council, where deep divisions emerged over the issue, with Russian Federation arguing the demonstrations posed no threat to worldwide peace and security.

They and the United Kingdom also spoke in favor of keeping the 2015 deal with Tehran in place. President Trump has called it the worst deal ever.

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UN Members Criticize US For Calling Meeting On Iran Protests