Iran Ambassador Claims 'Hard Evidence' Protests Are Directed From Abroad

Dimanche, 14 Jan, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump added to the confusion with his tweet that "it is time for change" in Iran.

Iran's ISNA news agency reported that Iran's interior minister, head of intelligence and security council chief are all expected to attend.

The protesters denounced President Hassan Rouhani, re-elected last year with 57 percent of the vote, for failing to curb inflation or deliver the benefits he promised when Iran signed the nuclear deal. The United States had called the meeting, portraying Iranian protests as a human rights issue that could spill over into an international problem.

Though Saudi Arabia may have succeeded in pressuring Hezbollah and bringing attention to the Shiite militant group's expanding regional footprint, the kingdom's political moves in Lebanon were largely seen as a debacle that backfired.

"The UNSC rebuffed the US' naked attempt to hijack its mandate". And Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo - whose country isn't a Security Council member but was invited to participate Friday - said the protests had gotten "direct encouragement by foreign forces including by the president of the United States". "And we know the truth", she said.

After visiting Tehran in 2013, I wrote that the Iranian capital seemed suspended somewhere between Pyongyang and Los Angeles. They shout, "Death to the Dictator!" while enduring tear gas, water cannons, arrest-and death.

Khatami is not the only conservative official or media outlet to refer to these rounds of protests as "sedition" by claiming that they originally started as legitimate protests over the economic situation.

The geographic and demographic scope of the protests is what makes them so remarkable - and so damaging to the long-term prospects of the regime. Both the U.S. and Israel expressed official support for the demonstrators - endorsements that were made with an eye to domestic electorates, not their consequences for foreign policy. Existing regimes were overthrown in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, but in the case of the latter three countries, the immediate results were even worse.

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Trump vowed as a candidate to tear up the 2015 nuclear deal in which world powers lifted some sanctions in return for Iran curbing its nuclear program.

State TV described the rally as a "response to rioters and supporters of the riots".

U.S. Congress and Senate Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi andChuck Schumer, as well as former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, have all declared support for the Iranian freedom movement, in a show of bi-partisan support for the people of Iran. Yet any surge in material prosperity Rouhani delivers is certain to undermine the religious faith undergirding the theocratic regime.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley offered fierce criticism of Iran at the Security Council Friday afternoon, blasting the regime for ignoring its own people and instead spreading "conflict and instability far and wide". "He warned that the protest leaders and organizers could be charged with "enmity against God" (moharebeh), which is punishable by the death penalty". They are sentencing most of their citizens to a life of backwardness and poverty.

Demands by protesters in Iran for freedom and adequate living standards must be addressed and their rights respected, UN human rights experts* have stated. "The world will be watching what you do", Haley said.

The authorities have produced no evidence of any U.S. role in the demonstrations, which have lacked a unifying leader.

If we are truly a citadel of liberty, and "a shining city on a hill", we have to consistently be on the side of people fighting, and often dying, for freedom, be it in Russia, the Ukraine, North Korea, Cuba, China, or Iran.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said yesterday the country's people and security forces had put an end to unrest fomented by foreign enemies, as parliament and security officials met to discuss the boldest challenge to the clerical establishment since 2009. They are attacking the Iranian leadership because they feel that the military ventures have taken priority over the people's welfare.