>> Some of our colleagues believe that human rights have no place here.>> A UN Security Council discussion over the civil unrest that's swept Iran, turned into criticism of the Trump administration for summoning the meeting over what some members say is an internal issue for the Mideast country.
The Russian and Chinese delegations said the meeting wouldn't do anything to help resolve the crisis. And that's no surprise. Russia is a close ally of Tehran, but fellow NATO member France also threw an apparent warning to Washington in stating the protests weren't the council's jurisdiction. And that attempts to influence them from the outside would make the problem worse.
> Over a week has passed since anti establishment protests first broke out across Iran, now in over 80 cities and many violent. At least 22 have been killed and over 1,000 arrested. What first began as grievances over alleged corruption and economic problems, now resembling political rallies.
They've been met with pro government counter protests, numbering in the thousands, and military crackdowns.>> The United States stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families, and dignity for their nation. We will not be quiet.>> France's criticism at the UN came as its president, Emmanuel Macron, hosted another NATO ally, Turkey's president, Tayyip Erdogan, in Paris.
Erdogan has begun improving relations with Iran in recent months, despite supporting opposite sides in Syria's civil war.