January 5, 2018
The State Department issued a stern warning to the Iranian government, saying the U.S. intends to hold any individual who tries to censor or harm protesters accountable .
In a statement released Thursday, the State Department showed its support for protesters, saying victims of the Ianian regime will not be forgotten.
The statement comes in response to diminishing protests throughout Iran that began last week over economic concerns, but quickly focused on the practices of Iranian clerics.
It’s unclear if the dwindling numbers are a result of the Iranian government blocking social media platforms, but the U.S. says it’s time for a regime change.
So far, 21 people have been killed during the protests.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has called for emergency meetings regarding the demonstrations in New York and Geneva.
The U.N. Security Council is set to meet Friday to discuss the ongoing protests.
The meeting comes at the request of the U.S. amid mixed reactions to the demonstrations.
Security Council members are divided on the matter with several powers calling for non-interference with what they see as an internal Iranian issue.
U.S. policymakers have shown rare unity on the matter with hawks among both the Democrats and mainstream Republicans embracing the Iranian protest movement.
However, while the Washington establishment is favoring the regime change strategy, it has shown little concern with the loss of human lives in Iran.
Experts don’t expect Friday’s U.N. Security Council meeting to produce major results as its permanent members are concerned with either supporting the Islamic revolution or changing the regime, rather than the well-being of the Iranian people.