Bolivia Slams US 'Clumsiness' at UNSC Meeting On Iran Protests

UN Security Council meeting on Iran reveals divided opinions on council's role in protests

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley further scrutinized the Iranian government for its detestable behavior suppressing pro-democratic forces protesting the Islamist regime.

Donald Trump has tweeted his support for the anti-government protesters, warning Iran that the "world is watching".

The U.S. called Friday's meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya, left, speaks to American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before the security council meeting.

As the Iranian protests continue into its eighth day, and the regime carries out its violent crackdown, the world is indeed watching.

"It is right and proper - indeed, our responsibility ... to assess whether a situation like this could become a threat to worldwide peace and security", British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said before the meeting.

"The Iranian people are calling out, 'Think of us!"' Haley said, echoing a chant heard at some protests.

Iran's state TV on Saturday showed government supporters rallying a day after the foreign minister said a US move to call an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss anti-government protests was another Trump administration "blunder".

Furthermore, U.S. -allied France and the United Kingdom defended the the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program, and noted Iran's compliance.

The UN charter empowers to the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to global friction", and the USA wasn't alone in thinking the Iranian protests qualified.

But Iran's Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo criticized the council for taking up a matter his country considers "purely domestic", and called it bullying by the United States.

France's ambassador to the United Nations told the meeting that recent protests in Iran do not threaten global peace and security.

But France's ambassador, Francois Delattre, urged caution, saying the council should act "with all the vigilance required, guarding against any exploitation of this crisis, which would only reinforce the extremes".

Khoshoroo alleged that the USA has a long history of intervening in the internal affairs of Iran, including a continuous pattern of disruption in the democratisation process in Iran. "Another FP [foreign policy] blunder for the Trump administration".

The French ambassador to the council, while expressing concern about the disrespect of the rights of demonstrators, questioned whether that in itself would warrant raising the issue at the UNSC level. The CIA declined to comment.

The Security Council "rebuffed the U.S.' naked attempt to hijack its mandate", Mr. Zarif wrote on Twitter.

China also described the meeting as meddling in Iran's affairs. They also called on the Iranian government to take serious steps in releasing protesters and opposition members who have been arrested.

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