UN Security Council members criticize United States for calling meeting over Iran protests

People take part in pro-government rallies Iran Jan. 3 2018

People take part in pro-government rallies Iran Jan. 3 2018

She said United Nations member states can not use sovereignty as a shield when they categorically deny their people human rights and fundamental freedoms. She added that it would be "telling if any country tries to deny the Security Council from even having this discussion". "If the concerns are not acknowledged, then peace and security are inevitably threatened".

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the emergency session put Iran on notice that "the world will be watching" its actions.

"And let there be no doubt whatsoever: The US stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families, and dignity for their nation".

Russia's and Iran's United Nations missions didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday's Security Council meeting.

The protests have engulfed more than 101 cities and towns in Iran, which makes the claims of foreign instigation far-fetched. "Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda." Iran's National Security Council reportedly suggested that some elements of Tehran's theocracy hold the hard-liner, "a staunch critic of President Hassan Rouhani, who came to power and won reelection previous year pressing for mild social reforms and an opening up of Iranian society", responsible for the protests.

Delattre urged the council to react carefully, "with all the vigilance required. but guarding against any exploitation of this crisis, which would only reinforce the extremes".

"The United States is abusing the platform of the Security Council", said Russian Ambassador Nebenzia.

The Iranian government has responded with a firm hand, arresting hundreds.

"This is a matter of fundamental human rights for the Iranian people, but it is also a matter of global peace and security", the USA envoy, Nikki Haley, said in a statement Thursday night.

But the U.S. was not alone is believing the demonstrations were an worldwide matter.

The University of Tehran is working to track and secure the release of its students who were arrested for taking part in recent anti-government protests in Iran, according to the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency.

The mass Iranian protests sweeping the country have continued for nearly two consecutive weeks.

"They do so shamelessly", Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Differences in opinion between the USA and Europe over how to address the situation in Iran began to manifest themselves ahead of Friday's meeting. The United States has spoken clearly and unequivocally.

He also said that "there is nothing to worry about" for the regime in Iran, noting that "Trump's hopes" of an insurrection "have been disappointed".

The changes to the law codifying the U.S.' participation in the 2015 agreement could come as early as next week or shortly thereafter, Tillerson said.

US President Donald Trump and members of his administration have praised the anti-government protesters as people standing up to a repressive and corrupt regime.

The Friday prayer leader in Sunni-majority Zahedan, Abdulhamid Mullazahi, criticized authorities for quelling protests and called on officials to pay attention to the demands of the Iranians and their problems.

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