January 9, The Iran Project – The UN Security Council (UNSC) finally gives into a US push for a reunion on the latest developments inside Iran, but the session does not go as designed as the council’s veto wielders and the US allies employ the debate to censure the White House for involving the council in Iran’s domestic affairs and seeking to link those issues to the 2015 international nuclear deal.
The US urged the meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations. Russia said Washington was overstepping into Iran’s domestic affairs.
At the session held on Jan 5, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley gave an exaggerated account of a series of scattered riots in some areas in Iran last week, and said Washington would remain steadfastly behind the Iranian “protesters,” attempting to bring other UNSC members onboard with Washington against the Islamic Republic.
Continuous Pro-Government Rallies
Meanwhile, thousands of pro-government supporters held rallies Saturday (Jan. 6) across Iran for the fourth consecutive day, one day after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a United Nations meeting was a “blunder” by the administration of US President Donald Trump.
Saturday’s rallies were staged one day after a UNSC held an emergency meeting to discuss the protests at the request of the US. The US was criticized at the meeting for requesting the session to discuss an issue that some member states said was an internal issue for Iran.
According to the Media reports, pro-government rallies continued for 6 days across Iran in major cities in protest at the violent riots held in some towns and cities, which followed a series of peaceful protests prompted by economic concerns.
US Administration’s Mistakes
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the US shamed itself by trying to target the Islamic Republic at a UNSC meeting it had called on the recent events inside Iran.
“A gathering and protest may be exploited by certain sides. This is natural and happens all over the world,” said Rouhani.
He pointed to the new US administration’s mistakes in dealing with Iranian people, noting that the White House “keeps hitting rock bottom in the wrong approaches it has chosen to deal with the Iranian nation.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, arguing that the recent Security Council meeting could be a lesson to US President Trump, stressed “his attitude and behavior are not much credible.”
Ghasemi said the Islamic Republic of Iran is going to use the recent US defeat in the United Nations Security Council meeting, noting that “what has happened to the US foreign policy during the past year and also at the recent Security Council meeting is another spanking disgrace to its previous failures.”
World Countries’ Cold Response
However the US diplomat’s political show soon went down the drain as her hostile comments against Iran was met with a cold reply from Russia, China and France, three veto-holding UNSC permanent members, and several other council members, including Sweden and Bolivia.
Russia was equally scathing in its rebuke of the US, accusing the Trump administration of using the Security Council to address an issue for which it has no jurisdiction. Moscow said the Iranian protests are not an international peace and security matter.
“The real reason for convening today’s meeting is not an attempt to protect human rights or promote the interests of the Iranian people,” according to Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s UN ambassador. “But rather as a veiled attempt to use the current moment to continue to undermine the Iran nuclear deal.”
China also left little doubt about Beijing’s position that the Security Council is not a place to discuss the internal affairs of any country.
“The Iranian issue does not pose any threat on international peace and security, nor is it on the agenda of the Security Council,” China’s Ambassador to the U.N. Wu Haitao said.
France’s ambassador to the UN said the protests do not threaten international peace and security, in what may be an implicit criticism of the United States.
“We must be wary of any attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends, which would have the diametrically opposed outcome to that which is wished,” Ambassador Francois Delattre said.
Meanwhile, Sweden’s representative Irina Schoulgin Nyoni emphasized that Stockholm had “reservations on the format and timing of this session.”
She further supported the JCPOA, saying the nuclear accord’s “continued implementation was crucially important.”
Meanwhile, Bolivia also warned that “political interventionism, and regime change only ever lead to devastating humanitarian, social and economic consequences.”
Bolivia 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 international peace and security.”
The statement, backed by other nations, carry an implicit criticism of the US for refusing to acknowledge the Security Council’s main responsibility which is maintaining international peace and security.