UN Spox Squirms at Podium as He Gets Absolutely Grilled Over Weak Response to Iran Protests

| JAN 3, 2018 | 11:14 PM

In light of the Iranian protests, which have erupted throughout the country, people have questioned why the United Nations has remained so silent.

On Wednesday, reporters had the chance to question the U.N. on the issue, and Secretary-General António Guterres's deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, quickly tried to deflect.

When asked if Guterres had any comments on the protests, Haq noted he'd been following reports closely and said:

“We regret the reported loss of life, and we hope that further violence will be avoided. We expect that the rights to peaceful assembly and expression of the Iranian people will be respected.”

However, reporters were unsatisfied with his response and repeatedly pushed back as to why the U.N. didn't make a definitive statement earlier.

“Has the secretary‑general contact the Iranian regime in order for the situation at the moment, or contact any oppositions in Iran? Has a contact been made?”

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“Is he going to ... I mean, until when he is going to wait until...?”

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“Why did it take so long for the secretary‑general to actually come out and say something on the Iran protests?” 

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“I looked over the weekend. I didn’t see anything issued by the secretary‑general on this. Where was a statement made concerning Iran before you just read out what you did today?” 

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“Sorry. I have to ask again about Iran. If secretary‑general doesn’t contact Iranian authority in regard to the demonstration, how [are] we going to find out where [the] U.N. stands?”

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“I mean, the fighting going on. People are getting killed on ... from both sides. So, when do you think it’s going to be a time for [the] U.N. to initiate the contact?” 

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His statements are a sharp contrast from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, who applauded the “great bravery” of the Iranian people.

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