Hundreds protest in Europe, US in solidarity with Iranian uprising

08 January, 2018, 04:13 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Bolivian President Evo Morales

It has been opposed by Trump who has to certify this month to the US Congress that Iran is complying with it in order for Washington to continue with the terms of the agreement.

Bolivia's representative also called the request "a blatant attempt by some missions to bring to the attention of the Security Council to issues that do not fall into the purview of this body", as the events in the Islamic Republic of Iran "do not pose a threat to global peace and security".

The British envoy was addressing the United Nations Security Council session which had been held at the request of the United States to discuss recent unrests in some parts of Iran. The country has increasingly has blamed its foreign foes for fomenting the unrest.

Delattre disclosed this during a Security Council meeting called by the United States which has been criticised by Iran.

Lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi said that around 90 university students- 58 of them in the capital Tehran- have been detained since protests broke out, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported Saturday.

But Russia's ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, said the USA was "abusing the platform of the Security Council".

"We will not be quiet", she told the meeting.

"However worrying the events of the last few days in Iran may be, they do not constitute per se a threat to worldwide peace and security", Ambassador Francois Delattre said.

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However, France's United Nations ambassador Francois Delattre argued that the protests don't threaten global peace and security, saying: "We must be wary of any attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends".

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

Khoshroo said Iran has "hard evidence" that violence is being directed from overseas, and went on to describe recent instances in which foreign citizens have incited violence in Iran.

Trump's administration has denied having any hand in the demonstrations, saying they arose completely spontaneously. The CIA declined to comment.

'Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves. He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!"

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: "The UNSC rebuffed the U.S.'s naked attempt to hijack its mandate ..."

"Rolling Protests in Iran Lay Bare Power Struggle" (front page, January 3) reports on protesters venting their frustrations with a political elite they say has hijacked the economy to serve its own interests.

I agree with Roger Cohen that the Trump administration "should stop berating the nuclear deal". The days of pro-government rallies drew crowds in the tens of thousands.

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