IRGC Says Iran's Antigovernment Protests 'Defeated'

IRGC Says Iran's Antigovernment Protests 'Defeated'

IRGC Says Iran's Antigovernment Protests 'Defeated'

Some Iranians blame reformist President Hassan Rouhani for Iran's woes, saying he's failed to deliver the jobs and foreign investment promised by the 2015 nuclear deal, which relaxed global sanctions.

China also described the meeting as meddling in Iran's affairs, while Ethiopia, Kuwait and Sweden expressed reservations about the discussion.

Mr Trump himself conflated the protests with the Iran nuclear deal this week, arguing that financial benefits received by the Iranian authorities as part of the accord had fuelled the corruption that the country's people were protesting.

"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. The protests are the most widespread of their kind in Iran since the unrest that followed 2009's disputed presidential election.

Iranian Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo asserted that the administration of US President Donald Trump - in the form of its current and widely-criticized ambassador Nikki Haley - was abusing its position as a permanent UNSC member in demanding the emergency meeting.

"It needs to be crystal clear to the global community that the situation in Iran does not belong on the agenda of the Security Council", said Mr Sacha Sergio Llorenty, the Bolivian ambassador.

"It is unfortunate that despite the resistance on the part of some of its members, this council has allowed itself to be abused by the current United States administration in holding a meeting on an issue that falls outside the scope of its mandate", said Khoshroo.

They added that in addition to the government claim of foreign involvement being "an insult" to Iranians, it leads to "negligence toward the real causes of the protests".

Iranian émigrés also staged numerous antigovernment demonstrations in front of Iranian embassies around the world during the weekend - including The Hague, Berlin and Hamburg, Stockholm, London, and Paris.

The United States formally requested the meeting on Thursday but Russian Federation and some of the other council members are not convinced that the top UN body should discuss the unrest in Iran, diplomats said.

The UN charter empowers to the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to global friction", she said.

"It is right and proper - indeed, our responsibility.to assess whether a situation like this could become a threat to global peace and security", Rycroft said.

The parliament's ICANA website reported that lawmakers questioned Interior Minister Abdolrahmani Rahmani Fazli, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, and the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani. Tens of thousands of people, meanwhile, have attended pro-government rallies in recent days.

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