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Bolivia Slams US 'Clumsiness' at UNSC Meeting On Iran Protests

08 January 2018

Iran's foreign minister mocked the US on Friday, describing as a "blunder" the Trump administration's call for an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on Iranian anti-government protests.

But Rana believes Pakistan is self sufficient when it comes to major counter-terrorism operations and the security of its border with Afghanistan.

The U.S. called the meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counterdemonstrations.

Also Russia claimed the U.S.'s goal in calling for the meeting was to undermine the 2015 deal between Tehran and six world powers, which was criticized and threatened by the Trump administration at the meeting.

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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 global security".

Briefing the Security Council, Taye-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said the demonstrations taking place in Iran were a fundamental expression of human rights, and a powerful exhibition of fearless people who were so fed up with their oppressive regime that they were willing to risk their lives in protest.

"And let there be no doubt whatsoever: the United States stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families, and dignity for their nation".

State television showed rallies in cities including Amol, Semnan and Shadegan waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to America", "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain".

The Netherlands hoped the meeting would "work as a preventive measure to avoid further escalation of violence", Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom said.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre urged the council to react carefully, "with all the vigilance required ... but guarding against any exploitation of this crisis, which would only reinforce the extremes".

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".

Donald Trump has tweeted his support for the anti-government protesters, warning Iran that the "world is watching".

Trump's administration has denied having any hand in the demonstrations, saying they arose completely spontaneously. He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!" Speaking in his national capacity, he said his country considered the developments in Iran to be a domestic issue that did not fall under the mandate of the Security Council.

The U.S. imposed new sanctions Thursday on five Iranian entities over their involvement in developing ballistic missiles.

Bolivia Slams US 'Clumsiness' at UNSC Meeting On Iran Protests