USA seeks United Nations emergency meeting on Iran on Friday

America must support Iranian protesters seeking freedom

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo has accused the US government of intervening in Iran's domestic affairs, claiming it is supporting the riots that broke out in towns and cities across Iran since December 28.

Protests over economic problems broke out in Iran's second-largest city, Mashhad, on December 28 and quickly spread across the country, turning against the regime as a whole.

It also pointed to a U.S. State Department official's Tuesday statement that the United States was communicating with anti-government protesters through its Facebook and Twitter pages in Farsi, and was encouraging them to demonstrate. The President and Vice-President of the United States, in their numerous absurd tweets, incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts. Earlier this week, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also reminded the U.S. about its own experience in "putting down protests", including mass arrests and crackdown against the Occupy Wall Street movement and operations against Fergusson protesters.

The State Department is monitoring the protests, which it said are the product of Iranians' desire for dignified treatment, snuffing out corruption, more government transparency, better economic opportunities and an end to "military adventurism overseas", department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

"The current USA administration has crossed every limit in flouting rules and principles of global law governing the civilized conduct of worldwide relations", Khoshroo said in a letter to the United Nations, cited by Tasnim news agency on Thursday.

In the latest protests, which generally occur after nightfall, social media video showed demonstrators in Khorramabad in south-western Iran throwing stones at riot police, who were retreating. It has furthermore violated even its own commitments under the JCPOA by continuing to impose unlawful sanctions against Iran and by taking every possible devious measure to prevent Iranian people from enjoying the economic dividends of United States sanction-lifting obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The statement closed, vowing, "To the regime's victims, we say: You will not be forgotten". "We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day".

The Commerce Ministry in China, North Korea's lone major ally, also said it will continue to fully implement United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

I wish to underline that the right to protest is recognized and guaranteed in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Reporting from Iran has been very limited and the government also clamped down on internet services.

It said the United States leadership, in "numerous absurd tweets, had incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts" which violated global law.

"And people in Iran and throughout should be able to access those sites".

"Officials must acknowledge the deplorable situation of the country as the first step to hearing the protesters", tweeted Mohammad Taghi Karroubi, whose father, Mehdi Karroubi, has been under house arrest for nearly seven years for helping lead the 2009 demonstrations. On Wednesday, the commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said the number of "troublemakers" did not exceed 15,000 nationwide. CNN has not been able to verify either number.

Twenty-one people died in six days of protests sparked by Iran's economic problems, which spanned several cities.

One terrorist suspect and three security officers were killed during the skirmish, in the northwestern city of Piranshahr in Iran's West Azerbaijan Province.

On Thursday, there were large pro-regime rallies in Iran, with state TV showing huge crowds marching in support of the government across 10 cities.

There is no evidence that Washington had any direct role in orchestrating the anti-government protests, beyond the encouragement through social media and published remarks.

Many Iranians appear to have been turned off by the violence, which has contrasted with the largely peaceful marches in 2009. We must not be silent.

He said the administration of President Donald Trump, in "numerous absurd tweets, had incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts" which violated worldwide law.



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