Russian Federation criticises USA decision to call United Nations meeting on Iranian protests

Posted January 08, 2018

Britain and France reiterated that Iran must respect the rights of protesters, but French Ambassador Francois Delattre said the "events of the past days do not constitute a threat to peace and worldwide security".

The matter of whether the UNSC can exercise jurisdiction over the internal situation in Iran, that gave rise to mass demonstrations across the entire country with the death toll reaching over 50 and hundreds others injured or arrested by Iranian security forces, is debatable.

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

"Why is the United States, a permanent member of the Security Council and one of the authors of the UN Charter, undermining the authority of the Security Council as the main body responsible for maintaining global peace and security?" "The Iranian regime is now on notice: The world will be watching what you do".

"No dishonest attempt to call the protesters "puppets of foreign powers" will change that. And we know the truth", Haley said.

The Iranian regime's contempt of the rights of its people had been widely documented, she said.

The US called the meeting despite fierce criticism from Russian Federation, which accused Washington of interfering in Iran's internal affairs.

"This is nothing but another desperate attempt by the USA administration to escape, as it has lost every shred of moral, political and legal authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", he said. "Another FP (foreign policy) blunder for the Trump administration", Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

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.

British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, refuted the Iranian allegations and said that no one is forcing Iran onto their agenda.

Iran is not a member of the Security Council but its ambassador, Gholamali Khoshroo, was invited to participate. "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.

The French diplomat was blunt when he said that the violations of the demonstrators' rights "do not constitute per se a threat to worldwide peace and security". If the concerns are not acknowledged, then peace and security are inevitably threatened.

Russia, a close ally of Iran's, agreed.

"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.

"Change in Iran would not come from the outside, it would come from the Iranian people themselves", he added. He refused this past fall to certify Iran's compliance with the pact and said the benefits to Iran were disproportionate to the concessions it made.