U.S. envoy calls for emergency United Nations session on Iran

Posted January 03, 2018

The White House and the state department denied that - in offering to send a delegation to South Korea for the Winter Olympics in February - the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had succeeding in driving a wedge between South Korea and the US. "All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause", she said.

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.

"The U.N. must speak out", Haley said, adding that the US will call for an emergency meeting on the issue in both the Security Council and the Human Rights Council. She said they must seize the moment instead of letting the regime overcome popular opposition, as it has in the past.

"The UN must speak out in the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session", she 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".

"The civilized world must remain united and vigilant against the rogue state's development of a nuclear arsenal", Haley said. So we applaud the tremendous courage of the Iranian people. "If the Iranian dictatorship's history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the days to come". The worldwide community made the mistake of failing to do that in 2009.

The ambassador, addressing other American priorities for 2018, noted the economic protests in Iran and urged the global community to respond. "We don't think we need a Band-Aid, and we don't think we need to smile and take a picture".

Goldstein's and Haley's remarks follow a series of tweets by President Donald Trump over the holiday weekend in which he praised the protesters, blasted the Iranian government and criticized his predecessor, Barack Obama, for failing to actively support the last major protests in Iran.

He held back judgment on Pyongyang's offer to talk, saying: "Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not we will see!"

"We wish for peace in the country to be ensured, as soon as possible, and that common sense would prevail to prevent the escalation of the incidents, and that provocative rhetoric and external interventions would be avoided", the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. We must not be silent.