United States envoy praises Iranian demonstrators, says protests spontaneous

Marie Harrington
January 3, 2018

The freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations charter are under attack in Iran.

"We are still communicating with people in Iran on Facebook and Twitter and we're constantly updating those two sites in Farsi", said Goldstein. "Dozens have already been killed. All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause", she said.

Haley said the U.S.is calling for U.N. Security Council and Human Rights Council emergency sessions on Iran.

A wave of protests about Iran's weakening economy swept the Iranian capital of Tehran over the weekend, the largest protest against the Islamic Republic's clerical government since the disputed 2009 presidential election.

Responding to Seoul's offer of high-level talks with Pyongyang, Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters: "We won't take any of the talks seriously if they don't do something to ban all nuclear weapons in North Korea". She called on Iran's supreme leader to feel the shame he has brought on his people, saying, "If the Iranian dictatorship's history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the days to come". "We don't think we need a Band-Aid, and we don't think we need to smile and take a picture".

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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. We must not be silent.

North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy the United States, South Korea and Japan, tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile in November, which it said was capable of delivering a warhead to anywhere in the United States.

Haley also said the United Nations must speak out in support of protesters in Iran where 21 people have died and at least 450 have reportedly been arrested during violent protests against the country's leadership.

"Moon wants to host a peaceful 2018 Winter Olympic Games, as well as open direct dialogue with his neighbour", Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the programme on US-Korea policy at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, said in an opinion piece written for The Atlantic.

Still, a senior administration official said U.S. officials are taking inventory of ways they can be supportive of the demonstrations and come up with "creative" ideas.

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