UN Security Council rebuffs the USA over Iran protests

Pro-regime rallies in Tehran as US imposes sanctions

Iran appears to have beaten down sudden protests

"The Iranian regime is now on notice: the world will be watching what you do".

"Tomorrow the U.N. Security Council will discuss the troubling and unsafe situation in Iran", Haley said in a statement issued Thursday evening, adding that it was "a matter of fundamental human rights for the Iranian people, but it is also a matter of worldwide peace and security".

Iranian officials have blamed a plot by the CIA, Israel and Saudi Arabia for the unrest that convulsed much of the country for five days - part of the increasing tensions playing out between Iran and its neighbors since U.S. President Donald Trump came to power.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier this week the United States was seeking emergency sessions on Iran at the United Nations in NY and at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, argued the demonstrations were a human rights issue that could spiral into an worldwide problem. "The people of Iran are crying out for freedom", Haley said earlier this week as the protests gained steam.

"The people of Iran are rising up".

Every United Nations member state is sovereign, but member states can not use sovereignty as a shield when they categorically deny their people human rights and fundamental freedoms, the U.S. ambassador said. "Because in the end, the Iranian people will determine their own destiny", she said.

She called on all of her other colleagues in the Security Council to join her in amplifying the message of the Iranian people.

A total of 21 people have died and hundreds have been arrested since December 28 as protests over economic woes turned against the Iranian regime as a whole, with attacks on government buildings and police stations.

In the January 6 statement, the signatories said, "Despite the fact the enemies of the country always try to take advantage of such events, we should know that any kind of foreign interference would not be possible without the existence of internal conditions".

But as the Trump administration sought to use the protests to increase pressure on the Iranian regime, issuing public support for the demonstrators and calling for a United Nations response, the Iranians appeared to have largely quashed the uprisings with an overwhelming and aggressive security response.

"It is unfortunate that despite the resistance on the part of some of its members, this council has allowed itself to be abused by the current U.S. administration in holding a meeting on an issue that falls outside the scope of its mandate", noted Khoshroo.

"This is nothing but another desperate attempt by the U.S. administration to escape, as it has lost every shred of moral, political and legal authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", he said. Majority emphasized the need to fully implement the JCPOA and to refrain from interfering in internal affairs of others.

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.

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