United Nations emergency session humiliating defeat for US

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

The French ambassador to the United Nations, Francois Delattre, has said recent protests in Iran do not threaten worldwide peace and security.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned Iranian authorities on Friday that the world is watching, as thousands held pro-government demonstrations in Iran following anti-government protests, in which over 21 people were killed. "A prosperous, stable Iran is beneficial to all".

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

Donald Trump has tweeted his support for the anti-government protesters, warning Iran that the "world is watching". "And we know the truth", Haley said. "The United States is abusing the platform of the security council", said Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, whose country has close ties to Iran.

The Iranian regime's contempt of the rights of its people had been widely documented, she said.

While diplomats from other nations called on Iran's government to exercise restraint and allow freedom of expression, many also used the meeting to defend the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, which Trump has called the "worst deal ever".

Iran has several parallel security bodies and residents say arrests are often not immediately announced.

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"This is nothing but another desperate attempt by the United States administration to escape, as it has lost every shred of moral, political and legal authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", he said. The U.S. called the United Nations meeting on Friday, portraying the protests as a human rights issue that could spill over into an global problem. He pointed out that Trump has a history of making "belligerent" comments about Iran.

British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, refuted the Iranian allegations and said that no one is forcing Iran onto their agenda.

Under its charter, the United Nations empowers the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to worldwide friction".

However, the Russian representative Vassily A Nebenzia agreed with Iran and said United States is abusing the platform of the Security Council.

Observing that the Council's primary responsibility is maintaining global peace and security, Wu Haito of China said that it should not be the venue for discussing the human rights situation of any country. "The agreement is there to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program".

"However worrying the events of the last few days in Iran may be, they do not constitute per se a threat to worldwide peace and security", Ambassador Francois Delattre said.

The meeting was chaired by Kairat Umarov, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UN. He refused this past fall to certify Iran's compliance with the pact and said the benefits to Iran were disproportionate to the concessions it made.

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