White House calls on Iran to respect citizens' rights amid rallies

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In the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session both here in NY, and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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

"The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years".

She noted that "dozens have already been killed", before harkening back to the failed Green Revolution in the first year of the Obama presidency. "All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause".

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, called on the worldwide community to speak out on the unfolding protests in Iran, saying the US would seek emergency UN talks on the situation.

Her comments came after days of widespread Iranian protests, which started in response to the country's economic conditions.

Haley said "nowhere is the urgency of peace, security, and freedom being more tested than in Iran", noting that "citizens are taking to the streets to protest the oppression of their own government".

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"The government of Iran is actively attempting to stop social media and other forms of communication that allow their citizens' voices to be heard", Haley said.

North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy the United States, South Korea and Japan, tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile in November, which it said was capable of delivering a warhead to anywhere in the United States.

The State Department has been communicating with protesters through their Farsi-language social media accounts, posting statements of support from U.S. and world leaders, despite the Iranian government's decision to block access to some websites. We must not be silent. "We don't think we need a Band-Aid, and we don't think we need to smile and take a picture".

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".

Haley also noted the USA decision to cut aid to Pakistan, citing a "double game" in which Pakistan occasionally works with Washington while harboring terrorists that attack American troops in Afghanistan.

Kim said in a New Year's Day speech on Monday he would consider sending a delegation to the Olympics.

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