The U.S. Treasury Department announced the sanctions on Thursday in retaliation for the government's ongoing deadly crackdown against protesters, which has killed at least twelve Iranian citizens. Some demonstrators have called for the government's overthrow.
The statement, backed by other nations, carry an implicit criticism of the US for refusing to acknowledge the Security Council's main responsibility which is maintaining worldwide peace and security.
Seyyed Hossein Naghavi Hosseini told Mehr News about the recent UN Security Council session and the United States attempt to bring up the topic of the recent protests in Iran and said "the U.S. has always interfered in the domestic affairs of other countries".
Haley said "the people of Iran are rising up" and "if the founding principles of this institution mean anything, we will not only hear their cry, we will finally answer it".
France's ambassador to the United Nations told the meeting that recent protests in Iran do not threaten worldwide peace and security.
He said that Iran has reached some of its most important post-JCPOA deals with France and added "unless France corrects its conduct toward the Islamic Republic of Iran, we must not allow their officials, including the french foreign minister, to visit Iran".
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There is a long history of United States bullying at the UN, and the case of the Iranian protest was a preposterous example of interference in the purely internal affairs of a nation.
Russia, a close ally of Iran's, agreed.
However, France's United Nations ambassador Francois Delattre argued that the protests don't threaten worldwide peace and security, saying: "We must be wary of any attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends".
"This is nothing but another desperate attempt by the USA administration to escape, as it has lost every shred of moral, political and legal authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", he said.
"Given the history of past USA involvement in Iranian domestic politics, the best thing for the United States would be to continue to do little to intervene or directly support these protests", Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, told Xinhua.
Trump's administration has denied having any hand in the demonstrations, saying they arose completely spontaneously.
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The Madras High Court on Friday directed the striking unions to withdraw the strike immediately or face action. The trade unions demand a 2.57 percent hike while the government insisted on 2.44 percent hike.
The president's tweets have not called for violence or disruptive acts, but he has commended them.
'Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves. He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!"
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter after the session that the Security Council "rebuffed the U.S.' naked attempt to hijack its mandate".
'Oppressive regimes can not endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice.
Tens of thousands gathered across Iran yesterday in a show of strength for the regime after days of deadly unrest, with state television showing crowds marching through several cities. Due to the Trump administration, it's not only watching, it's also acting.
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