US calls for urgent UN meetings on Iran

  03 January 2018    Read: 769
US calls for urgent UN meetings on Iran
The United States is calling for the U.N. Security Council and Human Rights Council to hold emergency meetings on Iran as it is roiled by protests. The U.S. is hailing the demonstrations as courageous.
American U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that "the U.N. must speak" on the issue. She says the U.S. will be calling for emergency sessions in the coming days.

Haley says that "nowhere is the urgency of peace, security and freedom being tested more than in Iran," and that U.S. officials "applaud the tremendous courage of the Iranian people."

The demonstrations were sparked by economic grievances, but some protesters have chanted against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

More than 20 people have been killed, and hundreds have been arrested.

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