Trump's Support for the Iranian Protests

Katrina Barker
January 8, 2018

While the Obama administration flew in freights of cash and wired back billions of dollars to the terrorism-exporting Iranian regime, the Trump administration has declared full-throated support of Iranian protesters clamoring for freedom and has now slapped on additional sanctions.

Bolivia's representative also called the request "a blatant attempt by some missions to bring to the attention of the Security Council to issues that do not fall into the purview of this body", as the events in the Islamic Republic of Iran "do not pose a threat to worldwide peace and security".

Iran is not a member of the Security Council but its ambassador, Gholamali Khoshroo, was invited to participate. The country has increasingly has blamed its foreign foes for fomenting the unrest.

Russia's Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia said that if the Council followed the reasoning behind convening the the meeting over domestic protests in Iran, it should have met after the protests in the USA that followed the killing of an African-American teenager in Ferguson by a white police officer in 2014.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya, left, speaks to American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before the security council meeting.

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

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"It's another attempt [at bullying] by the USA, which has lost authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", said Khoshroo.

The president's tweets have not called for violence or disruptive acts, but he has commended them. Moreover, with President Trump imposing a travel ban on Iranians and calling Iran a terrorist nation, his statement about respecting the right of Iranians "to express themselves" is just some pretty words.

The Security Council "rebuffed the U.S.' naked attempt to hijack its mandate", Mr. Zarif wrote on Twitter.

China also described the meeting as meddling in Iran's affairs.

He discussed the cancellation of the visit of the french foreign minister to Tehran during the previous week and said "this is unacceptable that a country has the largest number of economic agreements with Iran on paper, but adopts political and security policies that are totally against our country".

Treasure Secretary Mnuchin said that the Trump administration "will continue to decisively counter the Iranian regime's malign activity, including additional sanctions targeting human rights abuses". Up to 42,000 people took part in the protests, according to Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, who has said the clerically overseen government exhibited "tolerance" toward the demonstrations. The days of pro-government rallies drew crowds in the tens of thousands.

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