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US, allies abusing UN to ‘further their political agenda’ by meeting on Iran riots: Mission

People are seen next to burning dustbins during the recent riots in the Iranian capital of Tehran on October 27, 2022. (Photo by AP)

Iran's permanent mission to the United Nations (UN) has described the US administration and its allies’ bid to convene an informal private meeting of the UN Security Council on recent Iranian riots as an attempt to advance their political agenda at the cost of breaching international laws.

The mission was cited by Iran's official IRNA news agency as making the assertion late on Friday in response to the circulated news that the United States and certain European governments were to hold an informal meeting at the international body to discuss Iran's domestic affairs, among them the recent violent riots across the country.

“Given the hypocrisy, the use of double standards and selective practice of human rights, we regard American claims in support of Iranian women to be deceptive and lacking in good faith,” the mission said in a statement, stressing that the United States, based on reports by Iran's intelligence community, was the main suspect behind the recent riots in Iran.

“The United States and its allies have continuously abused such a platform (the UN) to further their political agenda even at the cost of violating international laws and the UN Charter,” the Iranian mission noted.

The United States, as Reuters reported on Friday, will next week put the UN spotlight on the latest Iranian riots sparked by the death of a young woman in police custody, accusing the Islamic Republic of rights abuses.

According to a note outlining the event, seen by Reuters, the United States and Albania are due to hold the informal UN Security Council gathering on Wednesday.

Riots broke out in Iran last month after a young Iranian woman, identified as Mahsa Amini died. The 22-year-old fainted at a police station in the capital, Tehran, and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization said that Amini’s controversial death was caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.

The rioters have been going on a rampage across the country, attacking security officers, resorting to vandalism against public property, and desecrating religious sanctities.

The US administration and its European allies have over the past weeks imposed sanctions against a number of Iranian individuals and entities over what they claim a heavy-handed crackdown on violent protesters across the country after the death of the 22-year-old Iranian woman of Kurdish descent in police custody in Tehran.

Last week, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said the United States and the United Kingdom were “directly” involved in the recent riots, adding that dozens of terrorists affiliated with the Zionist regime and anti-revolution groups have also been detained in the unrest.

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) also issued a statement on Friday, pointing to the major role of foreign intelligence agencies, especially the CIA, in orchestrating the violent riots in Iran in the past weeks.

"The CIA played the main role” while closely cooperating with the spy services of the UK, the Israeli regime, and Saudi Arabia, according to the statement.

Late last month, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced that the rioters have been backed by Western regimes and their mercenary media, which disseminated misinformation and distorted the sequence of events that led to Amini’s death even before the official investigation into the incident concludes.

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