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

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The UN Security Council's (UNSC) meeting on Friday requested by the USA on the current wave of unrest and demonstrations across Iran, turned out to be inconclusive. "It provoked unrest and encouraged subversion in our country, both during the 2009 riots and the recent protests".

US Ambassador to the UNSC Nikki Haley, who brought the situation in Iran to the council in the first place, was blunt when she warned that "the Iranian regime is now on notice: the world will be watching what you do".

Naghavi referred to the stance adopted by some European countries and said that the support they offered to the protesters is a sign of their interference.

"The Iranian people are calling out, 'Think of us!"' Haley said, echoing a chant heard at some protests.

There is a long history of United States bullying at the UN, and the case of the Iranian protest was a preposterous example of interference in the purely internal affairs of a nation.

Still, the United Nations charter empowers the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to worldwide friction", and the USA wasn't alone in thinking the Iranian protests qualified.

"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.

As the Iranian protests continue into its eighth day, and the regime carries out its violent crackdown, the world is indeed watching.

The meeting of the UN Security Council was convened at the request of the United States to discuss the current situation in Iran, where some 21 people have lost their lives in more than week-long anti-government protests across the country. "Let Iran deal with its own problems".

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom said his country hoped the meeting could "work as a preventive measure to avoid further escalation of violence".

France's ambassador to the United Nations told the meeting that recent protests in Iran do not threaten global peace and security. The CIA declined to comment.

U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his administration have praised the anti-government protesters as people standing up to a repressive and corrupt regime.

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

Iran's interior minister said up to 42,000 people took part during the week of protests. "Another FP [foreign policy] blunder for the Trump administration". 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.