Iran 'tested by its own citizens': Haley

Katrina Barker
January 3, 2018

We all know that's complete nonsense. "Hundreds have been arrested", she said. "All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause". "And the people in Iran are able to get into those sites through VPN (virtual private networks)". "The demonstrations are completely spontaneous", Haley said.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley threatened Tuesday to cut funding to UNRWA (a UN relief agency for Palestinians in the near East) until the Palestinians return to the negotiating table, according to Israeli media reports.

Haley said the USA will call for an emergency session of the U.N.in NY, as well as at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations rejected potential talks between Seoul and Pyongyang at a news conference here Tuesday, rebuffing the prospect of any substantive dialogue without a commitment by the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. "This is the precise picture of a long oppressed people's rising up against their dictators".

She noted that "dozens have already been killed", before harkening back to the failed Green Revolution in the first year of the Obama presidency.

Chun Yung-woo, a former South Korean national security adviser, said Seoul should have taken more time before reacting to Kim's comments.

The State Department has been communicating with protesters through their Farsi-language social media accounts, posting statements of support from USA and world leaders, despite the Iranian government's decision to block access to some websites.

Haley warned that "more outrageous abuses" can be expected in the following days, given what she called the precedent set by the Iranian government. "I don't think we should be silent".

Haley declared that the protest are in "virtually in every city in Iran" and that they are calling for the "freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations charter". "We must not make that mistake again".

"We wish for peace in the country to be ensured, as soon as possible, and that common sense would prevail to prevent the escalation of the incidents, and that provocative rhetoric and external interventions would be avoided", the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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