Iran stages pro-government rallies, derides Trump 'blunder' at UN

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State television showed rallies in cities including Amol, Semnan and Shadegan waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to America", "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain".

Bolivia's representative also called the request "a blatant attempt by some missions to bring to the attention of the Security Council to issues that do not fall into the purview of this body", as the events in the Islamic Republic of Iran "do not pose a threat to global peace and security".

The UN charter empowers to the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to worldwide friction", and the USA wasn't alone in thinking the Iranian protests qualified.

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

"The people of Iran are rising up".

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

Briefing the Security Council, Taye-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said the demonstrations taking place in Iran were a fundamental expression of human rights, and a powerful exhibition of fearless people who were so fed up with their oppressive regime that they were willing to risk their lives in protest.

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Iran is not a member of the Security Council but its ambassador, Gholamali Khoshroo, was invited to participate.

Joining Iran, Russia and China, the French Representative to the UN, Francois Delattre it is up to the Iranians alone to pursue the path of peace. "Let Iran deal with its own problems".

"However worrying the recent events were, they did not constitute a threat to worldwide peace and security".

"It's another attempt [at bullying] by the USA, which has lost authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", said Khoshroo.

Trump posted on Twitter two clips of his speech to the UN General Assembly in September in which he took aim at the Iranian regime, which Washington has held out as its top adversary in the Middle East.

The Trump administration has denied having any hand in the demonstrations, saying they arose completely spontaneously. Trump expressed "such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government" and pledged "great support from the United States".

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: "The UNSC rebuffed the U.S.'s naked attempt to hijack its mandate".

Thousands of government supporters staged rallies in Iran for a fourth day on Saturday, in a backlash against widespread protests that the clerical establishment has blamed on the country's enemies. He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!"

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