Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif ridiculed U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday over what he called the foreign policy "blunder" of trying to raise its recent protests at the UN Security Council. "Because in the end, the Iranian people will determine their own destiny", she said.
"Following the current logic, it should have held a meeting after the events in Ferguson, Missouri".
Khoshroo charged that the United States had violated global law and the principles of the UN charter and urged countries to condemn Washington's statements. The days of pro-government rallies drew crowds in the tens of thousands. At least 21 people have been killed and hundreds arrested. Due to the Trump administration, it's not only watching, it's also acting.
"And that's the danger here, that if you then come out on one side against the other and say "one side is bad, the other side is 100% good" it's never perhaps as black and white as that as we have found in other Middle Eastern crises". Gulf Arab nations have been watching the protests carefully, with Saudi-funded satellite channels in particular playing up the unrest.
The Iranian government restricted access to social media at the height of the protests over the weekend, but many Iranians also use VPNs so the government cannot track their online activity. "It is a powerful exhibition of fearless people who have become so fed up with their oppressive government that they are willing to risk their lives in protest".
He said that Trump was joining the Islamic State and its regional patrons to incite attacks on Iran.
"The people of Iran are rising up".
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It is for this reason that, unlike what happened during the 2009 Green Revolution, the major world powers are not turning their back on Iran's protestors and instead applying intense pressure on the regime to accommodate their views and undertake wholesale reform. The protesters are urging the government to focus on domestic problems. They are asking for something that no government can legitimately deny them: their human rights and fundamental freedoms. The proposed defense budget has increased 40 percent over two years, as Iranian involvement in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon has escalated.
There was concern over the nuclear deal made in 2015 by Iran with the five permanent members, Germany and the European Union that lifted sanctions against Tehran. The Iranian people know the truth. "As the Iranian people suffer, their government and the IRGC fund foreign militants, terrorist networks, and human rights abuses".
The emergency meeting, requested by Haley on Tuesday, was a misstep for the Trump administration, said Iran's foreign minister on Twitter following the meeting.
The United Kingdom's ambassadorto the United Nations has encouraged all member states to stay committed to the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), IRNA reports.
"The Iranian situation did not pose a threat to worldwide peace and security, and discussing its domestic situation is not part of the Council's responsibilities as outlined in the Charter", he said. Iran's Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo slammed the meeting as a "farce" and a "waste of time" and said the Council should instead focus on addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the war in Yemen.
Once again, the US and the media are interfering with internal Iranian affairs. It has said those restrictions will be lifted on Friday, and there were signs Thursday that it had begun easing some of them.