Iran lashes out at US over UN Security Council meeting

14 Janvier, 2018, 02:31 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • People protesting in Tehran Iran

Jafari acknowledged the economic grievances of the protesters but also indirectly criticized Rouhani's policies of wanting to link Iran's economy to the West. "Some feel that a friendship with America will improve the economic situation, but these people should look at a country such as Egypt, which has sacrificed everything for friendship with America", Jafari said.

Iran's envoy to the UN told a Security Council meeting on Friday that the move by the US to bring the domestic issues of his county to the council was an abuse of power.

The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said Iran is "on notice", after listing what she referred to as slogans chanted by Iranian protesters.

"The Iranian people will determine their own destiny".

Iran has blamed United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia for inciting the violence in recent protests in Iran.

Price hikes sparked protests in a number of cities and towns late last month, and at least 21 people were killed in scattered clashes.

Iran's ISNA news agency reported that Iran's interior minister, head of intelligence and security council chief are all expected to attend. Another FP blunder for the Trump administration. In a study of civil resistance campaigns between 1900 and 2006, researchers Maria Stephan and Erica Chenoweth found that nonviolent efforts succeeded 53 percent of the time, compared with 26 percent for violent campaigns. It was held in solidarity with those demonstrating in Iran. For the most part, they haven't.

With ISIS in retreat and the Assad regime back in control in Syria, opening the vital overland route from Iran through neutralized Iraq to Damascus and the Mediterranean, everything seemed to be going Tehran's way. Many Iranian citizens thought that the election of the "moderate" Hassan Rouhani as president would bring more sensible and effective governance. Hundreds of them have reportedly been stuffed into the infamous Evin prison, far exceeding the facility's ability to process new inmates.

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Several speakers at the Security Council pointed out that the unrest in Iran falls outside the UNSC's ambit.

Mass pro-government rallies have taken their place in many Iranian cities. But, fortunately for them, Iranians now know the U.S. track record, and are unlikely to take Trump tweets any more seriously than they deserve.

According to Amnesty International, within two days some 423 detainees were registered in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran.

He warned that by calling such meetings the US "wastes the Security Council's energy". As conflict escalated on the streets, oil workers walked off the job, eventually bringing Iranian oil exports to zero. As the regime continues to intensify its crackdown in the last few days, dozens of peaceful protesters have been shot dead. It is certainly something that one might expect to catch the attention of a Canadian Prime Minister who describes himself as a feminist. Lip service does not help the desperate Iranian people. It is ranked top in the world when it comes to executing people per capita. The Iranian regime is the top state sponsor of terrorism. No French protests have elicited comments suggesting that the country's leadership is under a microscope. It would seem bound to create a bright image on the radar screen of a Prime Minster and who seeks to forge a foreign policy that reflects Canadian values.

Silence equals tolerance. Is this the message being sent to the protesters who are risking their lives to bring freedom not only to their nation but eventually to the entire world? "Why does the US, a permanent member of the Security Council and one of the co-authors of the UN Charter, undermine the authority of the UN Security Council as the main body responsible for maintaining international peace and security?"

President Donald Trump has since tweeted (of course!) that "the U.S.is watching".

"There a sense that the situation may be settling down, though it doesn't necessarily mean a return to normality", said Vincent Eiffling, an Iran researcher at the Belgium-based Centre d'Etudes des Crises et des Conflits Internationaux.

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