Nikki Haley, Lindsey Graham call out Iran. Here's what they said

03 January, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Bert Pena
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Washington's Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley dismissed the utility of possible direct talks between North and South Korea, warning that a harder line is necessary in light of reports that Pyongyang might be preparing for more ballistic missile tests. "The UN must speak out".

State-run media outlet IRIB reported that Iranian officials had temporarily restricted access to social media apps Instagram and Telegram, which have been used by Iranians to share news about the protests. After listing numerous protesters' messages, including one telling the nation's supreme leader to "feel some shame", Haley emphasized those were the words of Iran's "brave people".

President Donald Trump said the "watching" events unfold, writing on Twitter that the Iranian "people have little food, big inflation and no human rights".

Haley declared that the protest are in "virtually in every city in Iran" and that they are calling for the "freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations charter".

"We must not be silent", she said.

"The United States supports the Iranian people and calls on the regime to respect its citizens' basic rights to peacefully express their desire for change", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

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"The Iranian dictatorship is trying to do what it always does, which is to say that the protests were designed by enemies".

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its united capital, while the Palestinians see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

"All are proof that Iran has defied the worldwide community and not just one time. All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause", Nikki Haley told reporters at the UN's NY headquarters.

Chun Yung-woo, a former South Korean national security adviser, said Seoul should have taken more time before reacting to Kim's comments.

Indeed, the Trump administration's response to the recent protests has been in stark contrast to the Obama administration's approach in 2009, when Iranians took to the streets to decry disputed election results.

"But it's not enough that we speak out", he added. "So North Korea can talk with anyone they want but the USA is not going to recognise it or acknowledge it until they agree to ban the nuclear weapons that they have".


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