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Updated On: Monday, 23 April 2018

Security Council Considers Situation in Iran

Content by: South-South News

8 January 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the Security Council the Iranian people’s message to their government is “undeniable, ‘stop the support for terrorism, stop giving billions of our money to killers and dictators, stop taking our wealth and spending it on foreign fighters and proxy wars, think of us.

Speaking to the Council today (05 Jan), Haley said the protests which started almost a week ago in Iran are a “spontaneous expression of fundamental human rights.” She said the events are a “powerful exhibition of brave people who have become so fed up with their oppressive government that they’re willing to risk their lives in protest.” The US ambassador called on the world to “applaud their courage.”

Haley stressed that the Iranian people are acting of their own will, on their own behalf, and for their own future adding that nothing would stop the US from standing in solidarity with them. She said in 2009, the world stood by while the hopes of the Iranian people were crushed by their government, but the US would not be silent in 2018.

French ambassador François Delattre said it was the responsibility of the international community to make every effort to bring stability to the Middle East, adding that the world must commit to fully upholding the Iran nuclear deal to the letter. He emphasized that the agreement is one of the cornerstones of stability in the entire region adding that losing it would be a major setback not only for the Middle East, but for the world and for the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Delattre expressed his country’s alarm at the events taking place in Iran. He noted that it was “up to the Iranian people, and to the Iranians alone, to peruse the path of peaceful dialogue based on full respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Iranian people.” The French ambassador said, “However worrying the events of the last few days in Iran may be, they do not constitute per se a threat to international peace and security.”

Storyline by: Unifeed

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