03 Feb World Security Council advises on situation in Iran
While in Iran government advocates demonstrate as opponents of the leadership elite, the international community is undecided. Now the conflict is a topic at the highest level – in the UN Security Council.
The UN Security Council is meeting on Friday for an emergency session on the unrest in Iran. A spokeswoman for Kazakhstan, who currently chairs the panel, confirmed the meeting scheduled for the afternoon. It is unclear how the deliberations will go – the council members are divided over the ongoing demonstrations in Iran. The US had demanded the meeting. It’s about “fundamental human rights for the Iranian people,” said US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on Thursday evening. At the same time, it was about “international peace and security”. It would be significant if a country tried to keep the UN Security Council from the debate, she said.
At least 21 people have died in the one-week protests in the Islamic Republic. According to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, up to 42,000 people have so far participated in the protests triggered by economic grievances. Tens of thousands also took to the streets on Wednesday and Thursday to support the Iranian leadership.
Before the deliberations in the UN Security Council members could vote on whether the topic should be debated in the meeting. It takes nine out of 15 votes to talk about the situation in the country. The US Ambassador to the UN had previously praised the demonstrators and called on the United Nations to support the protesters. Russia, however, has warned against foreign influence in Iran’s internal affairs.
On Thursday, Iranian Attorney General Mohammed Dschafar Montaseri told the state news agency Irna that a CIA official was the “main constructor” of the protests. Israel and Saudi Arabia supported the operation. The aim is to develop the protests into an armed uprising by mid-February.
The US government has rejected the accusation and stated that the protests were spontaneous. The CIA refused to comment.
Meanwhile, the United States imposed new sanctions on five Iranian facilities for their involvement in the development of missiles. Although these punitive measures have nothing to do with the current protests in Iran. Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin, however, said that further sanctions for human rights violations would come.