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'Raising Iran unrest at United Nations a blunder'

'Raising Iran unrest at United Nations a blunder'

Observing that the Council's primary responsibility is maintaining worldwide peace and security, Wu Haito of China said that it should not be the venue for discussing the human rights situation of any country.

The statement, backed by other nations, carry an implicit criticism of the USA for refusing to acknowledge the Security Council's main responsibility which is maintaining global peace and security.

At least 21 people have been killed in Iran after anti-government protests broke out in late December.

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

Furthermore, U.S. -allied France and the United Kingdom defended the the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program, and noted Iran's compliance.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people have attended pro-government rallies in recent days.

While the Obama administration flew in freights of cash and wired back billions of dollars to the terrorism-exporting Iranian regime, the Trump administration has declared full-throated support of Iranian protesters clamoring for freedom and has now slapped on additional sanctions.

Durting the meeting, three members France, Russia and China of the permanent five, joined Iran in asserting that this 15-membered body was not an appropriate forum to discuss the current situation in Iran as it does not pose any threat to worldwide peace and security.

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

Under its charter, the United Nations empowers the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to worldwide friction". He pointed out that Trump has a history of making "belligerent" comments about Iran.

"However worrying the recent events were, they did not constitute a threat to global peace and security".

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. "Another FP [foreign policy] blunder for the Trump administration".

The president's tweets have not called for violence or disruptive acts, but he has commended them.

"And I call on the Government of Iran to stop censoring the voice of the people and to restore the access to the internet".

The Security Council "rebuffed the U.S.' naked attempt to hijack its mandate", Mr. Zarif wrote on Twitter. They also called on the Iranian government to take serious steps in releasing protesters and opposition members who have been arrested.


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