Iran Accuses US Of Bullying Tactics At Security Council Meeting Called To Discuss Unrest

Iranians chant slogans as they march in support of the government near the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. Tens of thousands of regime supporters marched in cities across Iran in a show of strength for the regime after two days of angry protests directed against the country's religious rulers. / AFP PHOTO / TASNIM NEWS / HAMED MALEKPOURHAMED MALEKPOUR/AFP/Getty Images

The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations on Friday accused the United States of abusing its power as a permanent member of the Security Council during an emergency meeting called by the Trump administration to discuss unrest and protests in Iran.

Gholamali Khoshroo said the protests that have roiled Iran over the past week were an internal domestic affair, outside the mandate of the Security Council. He cited a long list of protest movements in the United States, including Occupy Wall Street, Kent State University students slain during anti-Vetnam war protests in 1970 and the protests over the killing of African-Americans by police officers.

Khoshroo said for Washington to call a meeting to discuss Iranian protests was a “preposterous example” of U.S. bullying tactics at the United Nations, and added that it had “lost every shred of moral, political and legal authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world.”

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Carol Morello



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