Iran FM warns neighbours against fomenting unrest

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By calling a UN Security Council meeting with the demand to support anti-government protesters in Iran, the United States is trying to bend the UNSC mandate, which does not deal with countries' internal affairs, Russia's UN envoy has said.

The United States called on the council to demand Iran improve its human rights situation.

"This is how we view the American initiative to convene the UN Security Council over a situation that is of purely national concern in Iran".

On 3 January, the Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations wrote to the Secretary-General, accusing the United States of stepping up "its acts of intervention in a grotesque way in Iran's internal affairs under the pretext of providing support for sporadic protests" in Iran, he recalled.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, argued the demonstrations were a human rights issue that could spiral into an worldwide problem. It began with a passionate denunciation of Iran's "oppressive government" by the U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley.

Moscow said the Iranian protests are not an global peace and security matter.

The unrest spread to more than 80 cities and towns, and has resulted in 22 deaths and more than 1,000 arrests, according to Iranian officials.

Iran FM warns neighbours against fomenting unrest
Iran FM warns neighbours against fomenting unrest

With Iran's representative to the United Nations body positioned mere feet away, Haley dismissed the regime's "dishonest attempt to call the protesters puppets of foreign powers" and emphasized that the protests are a "spontaneous expression of fundamental human rights", with Iranians "acting of their own will on their own behalf for their own future".

In Europe, hundreds of Iranians held rallies on Saturday in support of the anti-government protests in Iran, in cities including Stockholm, London, Paris and Berlin. "The protests are still continuing despite the regime's best efforts to say that they've been crushed", said Taleblu.

"We must be wary of any attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends, which would have the diametrically opposed outcome to that which is wished", Ambassador Francois Delattre said. "It is unfortunate that despite resistance on the part of some of its members, this council has allowed itself to be abused by the current United States administration in holding a meeting on an issue that falls outside the scope of its mandate", he added.

Protesters chanted slogans condemning the regime clerics and religious figures, and the government "wasting" their money to support militias overseas. While the Iranian's leadership "claims" it has halted the turmoil, the protestors stated that despite not having access to their mobile Internet App, Telegram, they will continue to protest against the regime, the Telegraph.UK reported.

Ms Haley had to use her veto to block a similar resolution in the Security Council that was supported by every other member.

The US imposed sanctions against five Iranian firms alleged to have been working on an illegal ballistic missile programme, linking the move to the protests.

But Khamenei and his hardline allies have criticised Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for failing to revive the economy after most sanctions on Iran were lifted in 2016 under a deal reached between Tehran and major powers aimed at curbing the country's nuclear programme. The EU's vocal condemnation of violent acts and their consistent warnings against any more premeditated violence inciting repression of protestors has come under fire by no other than the President of the United States.

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