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

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

The state broadcaster showed pro-government rallies in several cities, starting with Amol, in the northern province of Mazandaram, with hundreds of people waving the Iranian flag and chanting slogans against the USA and Israel.

"The Iranian people are rising up in over 79 locations throughout the country", Haley told the council. "Because in the end, the Iranian people will determine their own destiny", she said.

Republicans in the United States should take note and think twice before pursuing their stated plans to make cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other safety-net programs to pay for their tax-cut bill, which mainly benefited the interests of their wealthy donors.

France's ambassador to the United Nations told the meeting that recent protests in Iran do not threaten worldwide peace and security.

Speaking on BBC 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics programme, the Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, said: "Look, the Iranian regime, much of what it stands for I find completely abhorrent - the hanging of gay men, for example".

For Russia's United Nations ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, the meeting was an attempt to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump opposes.

This is a mistake by the Security Council, he said.

Following recent unrests in certain parts of Iran, US Representative to the UN Nikki Haley in a speech to reporters at the UN headquarters on January 2 accused Iran of violating human rights and freedom of expression and said Washington was after sessions on Iran by UNSC in NY and UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

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"It's another attempt [at bullying] by the USA, which has lost authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", said Khoshroo.

Khoshoroo alleged that the U.S. has a long history of intervening in the internal affairs of Iran, including a continuous pattern of disruption in the democratisation process in Iran.

However, the Russian representative Vassily A Nebenzia agreed with Iran and said USA is abusing the platform of the Security Council.

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

The UNSC is due to hold an emergency meeting on the issue later on Friday, but it's unclear if the meeting will go forward or be blocked by a procedural vote from other council members. Russian Federation said Washington was overstepping into Iran's domestic affairs.

Joining Iran, Russia and China, the French Representative to the UN, Francois Delattre it is up to the Iranians alone to pursue the path of peace.

Among the non-permanent members, representatives from Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia sided with the Iranian argument that the Council was not the forum to discuss the current situation in Iran.

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