On Friday, while US President Donald Trump agreed to extend the waivers for sanctions on Iran, the US Department of Treasury imposed new sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and entities over Iran’s alleged human rights abuses and ballistic missile programme.
The issue of allowing foreign access to Iranian military sites is basically not included in the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman of the AEOI, was quoted by the Tasnim news agency as saying.
We have broken down the chain (of unrest) created … by the United States, Britain, the Zionist regime (Israel), Saudi Arabia, the hypocrites (Mujahideen) and monarchists, the statement said.
Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo told the UN Security Council meeting that the United States had abused its power as a permanent member of the Council by calling for a meeting on the turmoil in Iran.
“However worrying the events of the last few days in Iran may be, they do not constitute per se a threat to international peace and security,” France’s ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre remarked.
Russia’s and Iran’s UN missions didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday’s Security Council meeting.
Antonio Guterres is following the developments in Iran with concern, deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said earlier Wednesday. He said the secretary-general urged respect for free-expression rights and stressed that any demonstrations should be peaceful.
Iranians seeking to evade the blocks can use virtual private networks, Goldstein said. Known as VPNs, the services create encrypted data “tunnels” between computers and can be used to access overseas websites blocked by the local government.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Tuesday urged Iranian security forces to exercise restraint in dealing with protests and called on Tehran to restore access to social media sites that have been restricted.
Iranian state television aired footage of a ransacked private bank, broken windows, overturned cars and a firetruck that appeared to have been set ablaze.
At least four people have now died in the protests against the Islamic Republic’s government and a clerical elite who have been in power since a revolution in 1979. The demonstrations began on Thursday and have drawn in tens of thousands of people.
Israel has long voiced alarm over the Shi’ite power’s nuclear programme and its support for Islamist guerrillas in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories – concerns shared by Sunni Arab states.
“We are a free nation, and based on the Constitution and citizenship rights, people are completely free to express their criticism and even their protest,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by the state-run PressTV.
Protesters defied the police and Revolutionary Guards who have used violence to crush previous unrest. The demonstrations could be more worrying for authorities because they seem spontaneous and lack a clear leader.
The earthquake is an aftershock of a 5.2 magnitude quake on December 20 that killed two people.