United States envoy calls for emergency United Nations session on Iran

US urges Iran to unblock social media calls emergency UN session

"Right now we're going to have conversations with the Security Council and see what we need to do to have an emergency session", Haley added about Iran.

"The global community has a role to play on this", Haley urged.

During a news conference at the United Nations on Tuesday, Ambassador Haley applauded the Iranian uprising. "Dozens have already been killed". "All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause".

The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has distanced the Trump administration from proposed contacts between North and South Korea, saying it would not take any talks seriously if Pyongyang did not abandon its nuclear arsenal.

The head of Iran's Tehran Revolutionary Court further warned that protesters who rallied against the government after the second day of demonstrations may face "serious penalties".

Asked if the USA supports regime change in Iran, White House press spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a press briefing: "We support them giving basic rights to the people of Iran and we support them stopping being a state sponsor of terror and we want to see those actions take place". "If the Iranian dictatorships history is any guide, we can expect more outrageous abuses in the days to come".




However, the secretary of state said last month that the USA would be "ready to talk any time North Korea ... and we're ready to have the first meeting without precondition".

The ambassador, addressing other American priorities for 2018, noted the economic protests in Iran and urged the worldwide community to respond.

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 don't think we need a Band-Aid, and we don't think we need to smile and take a picture". "I don't think we should be silent".

"But if it does, we must bring even tougher measures to bear against the North Korean regime", Haley said.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea might be "trying to drive a wedge of some sort" between the United States and South Korea and added that while it was up to Seoul to decide who it talked to: "We are very skeptical of Kim Jong Un's sincerity in sitting down and having talks".

Still, a senior administration official said USA officials are taking inventory of ways they can be supportive of the demonstrations and come up with "creative" ideas.

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