Iran stages pro-government rallies, derides Trump 'blunder' at UN

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Iran stages pro-government rallies, derides Trump 'blunder' at UN

Hundreds of people took to the streets of several European cities, Canada and the USA expressing solidarity with the Iranian uprising and calling for the Khamenei regime to step down.

"The Iranian people are rising up in over 79 locations throughout the country", Haley told the council.

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

While Russia believes the UN Security Council has no business getting involved, British ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was "right and proper - indeed, our responsibility to assess whether a situation like this could become a threat to global peace and security". The Iranian regime is now on notice. No dishonest attempt to call the protestors, 'puppets of foreign powers, ' will change that. "And we know the truth", Haley added. They are the inalienable right of the people themselves.

The statement, backed by other nations, carry an implicit criticism of the US for refusing to acknowledge the Security Council's main responsibility which is maintaining worldwide peace and security.

"It's another attempt [at bullying] by the USA, which has lost authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", said Khoshroo.

Trump also tweeted in support of the protesters late Friday, prompting Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahran Ghasemi to dismiss his remarks as "opportunistic". 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.

This could all change if the mass demonstration in the country continues and the Iranian authorities resort to clearly systematic, oppressive and brutal methods to deal with them.

Trump posted on Twitter two clips of his speech to the UN General Assembly in September in which he took aim at the Iranian regime, which Washington has held out as its top adversary in the Middle East. "The real reason to convene the meeting is a veiled attempt to use the current moment to undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action", he said. If the concerns are not acknowledged, then peace and security are inevitably threatened.

Joining Iran, Russia and China, the French Representative to the UN, Francois Delattre it is up to the Iranians alone to pursue the path of peace.

"However worrying the events of the last few days in Iran may be, they do not constitute per se a threat to worldwide peace and security", Ambassador Francois Delattre said.

Among the non-permanent members, representatives from Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia sided with the Iranian argument that the Council was not the forum to discuss the current situation in Iran. Speaking in his national capacity, he said his country considered the developments in Iran to be a domestic issue that did not fall under the mandate of the Security Council.

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