Iran Ambassador Claims ‘Hard Evidence’ Protests Are Directed From Abroad

Accuses US of Bullying Tactics at UN Meeting

At an emergency meeting held Friday at the UN Security Council to discuss the ongoing protests in Iran, Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo accused the US of abusing its power by calling such a meeting, and engaging in “bullying tactics.”

Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo

Khoshroo insisted that the protests should be considered a purely domestic matter, and said it discredited the Security Council to spend time talking about them while failing on genuine issues, citing the Palestinian occupation and the Saudi invasion of Yemen.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley played up the idea that this was something to do with terrorism, and demanded Iran listen to the protesters. Iranian officials have accused the protesters of being backed by the CIA.

Indeed, Khoshroo told the UN today that his government has “hard evidence” that some of the protests are being directed from abroad. Though the evidence was not presented in open session. After adjourning the meeting more discussion was held behind closed doors, but the details are uncertain.

Author: Jason Ditz

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