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Iran unrest divides UN Security Council meeting

08 January 2018

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

UNSC member France declared that the ongoing Iran demonstrations were not an issue for which the worldwide body required emergency meetings.

France's ambassador to the United Nations told the Security Council the protests in Iran did not require a meeting before the worldwide body.

"The United States is abusing the platform of the Security Council".

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"The parliament is not in favour of keeping Telegram filtering in place, but it must pledge that it will not be used as a tool by the enemies of the Iranian people", Behrouz Nemati, spokesman for the parliament's presiding board, said.

Nearly a week of sporadically violent protests involving upwards of 50,000 demonstrators in the Middle Eastern country has seen at least 22 killed, as Tehran authorities accuse the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia of tacitly fomenting unrest that began in late December 2017.

Meanwhile in NY, an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, called for by the United States, was to discuss the ongoing unrest later Friday.

She then called on all of her colleagues to join her in amplifying the message of the Iranian people before demanding that the Iranian government stop censoring the voices of the Iranians. We will not be quiet.

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Nearly a third of Iran's 80 million people use the Telegram app as their main source of news and a way of bypassing the highly restrictive state media.

"In the end, the Iranian people will determine their own destiny, and let there be no doubt whatsoever, the United States stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families and dignity for their nation", Haley said. "And we know the truth", Haley said.

Various Iranian officials said on January 6 that hundreds of detainees - including many students and other young people - had been released, some after agreeing to sign a pledge not to "re-offend", the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported. Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has described Friday's meeting of the UN Security Council called over protests in his country as another foreign policy blunder by the Donald Trump administration. This is a mistake by the Security Council, he said.

There is a long history of United States bullying at the UN, and the case of the Iranian protest was a preposterous example of interference in the purely internal affairs of a nation.

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Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo on Wednesday slammed the US government's recent attempts to intervene in the domestic affairs of the Islamic Republic.

Iran unrest divides UN Security Council meeting