Iran must listen to its people — Tillerson

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya left speaks to American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before Friday's Security Council meeting on Iran

In the "Green Revolution", millions of courageous young men and women filled the streets of Tehran and Tabriz, Qazvin and Karaj, and what seemed like every city and village in between.

Despite the surge of demonstrations across the country, Interior Ministry spokesperson Salman Samani is still refusing to answer journalists' questions on the situation. But Haley called on the Security Council to "amplify the message of the Iranian people". "If an incompetent man criticizes me, this is proof that I am a whole man", he wrote. Other Iranian's posted videos showing Iranian currency with the face of Ayatollah Khomeini, who founded Iran's Islamic Republic, being burned, as demonstrations continue in several of Iran's major cities, including Tehran.

They were followed by large pro-government rallies in Tehran and other cities, all of which were widely covered by Iranian state television. Days after Hariri's resignation, al-Sabhan met with officials from the State Department, Pentagon and the White House National Security Council.

Mike Pence is vice president of the United States. The Iranian people put their faith in Rouhani. "However worrying the events of the last few days in Iran may be, they do not constitute, per se, a threat to international peace and security".

Demonstrations erupted in Iran over a week ago after the government announced plans to raise fuel prices and cut monthly cash handouts to lower-income Iranians.

The problem lies in the fact that economic growth did not trickle down.

By Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press on January 8, 2018.

Iranian state TV showed pro-government rallies in response to the protests. And Trump tweets underline the government's warnings.

US officials, including President Donald Trump, have voiced their support for the protests since they began. The Guards said the unrest had been "created.by the United States, Britain, the Zionist regime (Israel), Saudi Arabia, the hypocrites (Mujahideen) and monarchists".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was scathing of the US move to convene the meeting on twitter
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was scathing of the US move to convene the meeting on twitter

Iran's ambassador said the US was abusing its power as a permanent member of the council. The initial outbreak was in Mashhad, which is traditionally seen as a very conservative place.

Al-Sabhan was recalled and appointed to his current ministerial post, where he has used Twitter to vocalize the kingdom's brash anti-Iran rhetoric. We know only part of the mournful, atrocious story since then.

Tillerson himself seemed interested in doing business with Iran back in 2016, when he was CEO of oil giant Exxon. Although Trump's rhetoric is often recklessly irresponsible, on this question he's right.

His administration has taken a tough line against Iran, which is competing for influence across the Middle East with Saudi Arabia, a key US ally. Many of the victims, to be sure, were drug dealers. As the poor girl was strung up, her male executioner grabbed her phone and sneered to her mother that nothing could save her daughter now. Therefore, it would not make sense for conservatives to alienate such a base or dismiss their grievances.

"The Iranian regime is finally on notice: The world will be watching what you do", she said.

The Iranian freedom movement should inspire us. The Spring will not skip over them. Israel has been Iran's excuse to expand its influence in the Arab world.

The protests currently shaking Iran have enormous implications for U. Iran and Hezbollah inscribed "Jerusalem" on their banner in order to conquer Aleppo, Mosul, Sana'a, and Beirut. The last seeks to sidestep this destiny by trying to build a modern economy layered on an archaic regime, but it cannot work.

Half of Iran's population is 31 or younger. It has already cut off the social media that the protesters use to organize, and it is notorious for its willingness to use force against its own citizens. This is a mistake by the Security Council, he said.

Iran's official unemployment rate is at 12.4 percent, and unemployment among the young - those 19 to 29 - has reached 28.8 percent, according to the government-run Statistical Center of Iran. Stop taking our wealth and spending it on foreign fighters and proxy wars.

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