Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

United States envoy calls for emergency United Nations session on Iran

Haley 'Iranian people are now finding their voice' Getty Images
Melissa Porter | 02 January, 2018, 23:56

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley praised Iranian protesters Tuesday, adding that the US is seeking an emergency Security Council meeting in NY and the Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding Iran.

"The United States supports the Iranian people and calls on the regime to respect its citizens' basic rights to peacefully express their desire for change", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. "All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause".

Some protesters in the country's capital reportedly chanted "death to Rouhani", referring to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, and "death to the dictator", referring apparently to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

She noted that "dozens have already been killed", before harkening back to the failed Green Revolution in the first year of the Obama presidency.

She said the missile "might as well have had "Made in Iran" stickers" on it, adding that Iran was violating United Nations resolutions.

"We hope that the South and North can sit face-to-face and discuss the participation of the North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Games as well as other issues of mutual interest for the improvement of inter-Korean ties", Cho said at a press conference. The worldwide community failed to do that in 2009. "But if it does, we must bring even tougher measures to bear against the North Korean regime", Haley said.

Asked if the U.S. supports regime change in Iran, White House press spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a press briefing: "We support them giving basic rights to the people of Iran and we support them stopping being a state sponsor of terror and we want to see those actions take place".

Haley warned "more outrageous abuses" can be expected in the following days given what she called the precedent set by the Iranian government.

The demonstrations in Iran, which have erupted against a backdrop of rising food and gasoline prices, began Thursday in the northeastern city of Mashhad before spreading to other cities.

"Big protests in Iran".

"The U.N. must speak out", Haley said Tuesday. "We must not make that mistake again".

During her speech, Haley further pressed the global community to support the Iranian people. "Those are the words of the courageous people of Iran".

"We must not be silent".