Iran lashes out at US over UN Security Council meeting

"Let there be no doubt whatsoever, the US stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves prosperity for their families, and dignity for their nation".

Khoshroo also said the United States had abused its power as a permanent member of the Security Council by calling for a meeting to discuss the protests.

President Hassan Rouhani has taken four courageous steps over the past two years all of which have infuriated the hardliners: Against all odds he completed the Iran nuclear deal; stood up directly to the hardliners siding instead with the reformists; took the recommendations of the International Monetary Fund and implemented fiscal restraints policy; and finally took steps to tackle high-level corruption.

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in June, he was asked a loaded question about whether the Trump administration supported Iran as is, or if regime change was preferred.

The Friday meeting centered on Iran after the US requested an emergency session amid protests in the country.

Though Saudi Arabia may have succeeded in pressuring Hezbollah and bringing attention to the Shiite militant group's expanding regional footprint, the kingdom's political moves in Lebanon were largely seen as a debacle that backfired.

The powerful Guard blamed the unrest on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as an exiled opposition group known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, and supporters of the monarchy that was overthrown in the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In both countries, the religious establishment is the final arbiter of law and lifestyle. But I propose that a simple check be put in place, one that would make our own society more democratic: Bring back the draft. The government has suspended access to the messaging app Telegram, which was being used to publicize the protests.

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Rouhani is no longer the prime target of the demonstrations, and they are no longer just about prices and jobs.

In a telephone interview from Tehran, Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh told Asharq Al-Awsat, "Starting 3 pm till late at night, the main streets of Tehran witnessed fueled moments". The president and I call on leaders of freedom-loving nations across the world to condemn Iran's unelected dictators and defend the Iranian people's unalienable right to chart their own future and determine their own destiny. This time, we will not be silent.

Last time Trump had to decide on the deal, he didn't recertify it. Former President Barack Obama charted an ambiguous course that sought a new opening with Tehran while actively supporting the anti-Assad rebels in Syria, who were fighting against Iranian forces.

"The deaths of some detainees were a result of beatings and neglect of the physical condition of the injured by the detention center's officials", an excerpt of the parliamentary report read.

Like so many protests around the world, the current demonstrations in Iran appear to have begun with bread-and-butter concerns. But once events like this start to happen, especially in the Middle East, almost anything is possible. But he has cut through the false dichotomy as Ronald Reagan cut through the nuclear arms doublethink in his day (building up to build down). Nowhere is that spelled out more clearly than on Twitter, where al-Sabhan has referred to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah - which means "Party of God" in Arabic - as the "Party of Satan". They are going to execute me. As one protester quoted in the Washington Post said, "When we don't have bread to eat, we are not afraid of anything".

REF/RL reported that on Friday that the Iranian authorities have made over 1,700 arrests and deployed troops in local shows of force.

The massive protests in Iran have entered their second week. But, determined to avoid intervention by foreign elements and the injection of weapons of war, the Revolutionary Guard and Basij militia have been deployed to hot areas. The West should urge Iranian protesters to remain peaceful (they're more likely to succeed that way) and also warn the regime that it will be held accountable for violence against its citizens. The Supreme Leader did not speak for five days.

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