iran is rocked by mass pro and anti-government rallies with at least twenty one people killed with external pressure and fake images of protests online further fueling tensions. also in headlines while the u.s. and north korean leaders engage in one upmanship over the size and power of their nuclear buttons there is new hope for a possible escalation of the crisis with pyongyang agreeing to trucks with the south for the first time in several years. and thousands of migrants are still sleeping rough on the streets of paris that's the spy president promised to find a solution before the end of twenty seventeen we'll hear some of their stories later in the program you look. people. this. is this the life you thought you would have.
welcomed swati international live from moscow with me daniel hawkins wherever you are thanks for joining us this hour on the program. this week has seen a series of mass rallies in iran both for and against the country's government it began with protests over the economic situation in the country but later the first political and then violence with twenty one people killed in clashes. since protests began washington has been openly supporting the anti-government activists and ignoring the mass right. support of iran's leadership the us also
called for an emergency un security council meeting over the situation though other members of the body doubted that internal political unrest in iran is a matter of international security. in the past week what has happened on the ground throughout the nation of iran is something the world must take note of. however worrying the events of the last few days in iran may be they do not constitute per se a threat to international peace and security every un member state is sovereign but member states cannot use sovereignty as a shield when they categorically deny their people human rights and fundamental freedoms only we the council should not discuss the issues of any country or its human rights issues if the founding principles of this institution mean anything we will not only hear their cry we will finally answer. we are witnessing an attempt by some delegations to bring to the attention of the security council issues that
do not fully correspond with the mission of this body the united states stands unapologetically with those in iran who seek freedom for themselves change in iran will not come from outside it will come from the iranian people themselves nothing will stop americans from standing in solidarity with them know that you are the sum of the words let iran deal with its own internal problems since this is precisely what is taking place when you are wasting the energy of the security council. has threatened that european countries will pay for turning their backs on the us at the meeting why is it that our top european allies fail to support us on this and in fact france when we brought it up before the emergency meeting of the united nations security council joined with russia and china and said this isn't a fit subject to bring up yeah they'll have to answer for their behavior. to
discuss this further we're joined live by. a former advisor to iran's nuclear negotiation team also author of several books on that subject as well thanks for joining us today so good to have you on the program what do you think exactly the cia boss men with his words i mean is this some sort of thinly veiled warning that there's going to be consequences for european countries. i don't know what goes on in their mind but obviously there was a non answer to that particular question about why euro is not going along with the us is very aggressive ascript against iran and their answer should be pretty obvious to you peons didn't see fit an internal matter of iran some sporadic protests that have quieted down since then. to be a subject matter with the security council which is responsible for international peace and security and it wasn't just france it was also russia sudan
a number of other nonpermanent members of the security council the us spawn it's quite isolated adding to this whole string of setbacks at the united nations where because that under plummeting efforts of the us the us is using your national credibility and you know threatening to allies or iran randy europeans have the sensible approach of engaging iran expanding trade and fulfilling their obligations with the nuclear arsenal contrary to do you work as a dragging its feet deeper failing to implement some of its own obligations which incidentally is responsible for some of the economic bottlenecks facing the tehran government today and yet you have the us ambassador sharing crocodile tears with the iranian people ignoring the fact that the us this continuing sanctions on iran
which are quiet and just and all the other pressures are partially responsible for the economic problems facing iran today why is it you think european countries like france for example went with china and russia on this matter. well i think it's because it's the rational course so action and it corresponds with the norms and principles of international law and the mandates and the poor are good is the security council. the fact of the matter is that you know even the rainy end ambassador to the u.n. explicitly acknowledged the legitimate grievances. you know most of the protesters in iran and what is so surprising about some people coming out to the streets and complaining about you know this or that economic or social issues you look at
france itself in microns prison if it had been huge rallies and if that is the path to take for the security council that wherever there is some protests for the security council to take action that would seriously cause havoc and chaos in the international community and that is the wrong path to take and with the united states now ourselves isolating and you know early in aiding itself from the international community and these matters i really think it's time for them to reflect on their behavior and we can see there and why its course of action that only adds to the chaos and disorder in the middle east and beyond all but all matters you know of you know international level we've seen the u.s. fails again support from its sort of more traditional allies on several issues jerusalem is one the status of jerusalem as israel's capital iran nuclear deal is another one as well do you think there's
a sense that perhaps the more traditional allies are trying to distance themselves from washington's foreign policy why do you think the reason for that might be if that's the case. world the u.s. foreign policy is clearly in complete disarray and there is a very strong suspicion in europe that the real purpose of the us upping the ante against iran or with. disparate disturbances in iran is to target the nuclear accord which is up for president trump's decision come january thirteenth and we have heard from various u.s. officials including today that danes tend to you know devise new legislation that would fascinated snapback of dysfunctions that were lifted per the terms of the nuclear core and if they take that initiative that sounds the death knell for the
nuclear accord and would be back to square one you know the iran nuclear crisis all over again which is not in the interest of the international community or any of the signatories of the nuclear course including the united states because even people like james mattis the defense they have explicitly admitted that this agreement is in the national interest of the united states or a cover for a c.r.-v. former advisor to iran's nuclear negotiation team thanks for your take today here on out international well he's an associate has more now on washington's rather selective approach when it comes to protests outside of its own borders. when they ask for a better economy when they ask for the government to spend money on their own country as opposed to terror exploits overseas or in other countries sure we would certainly like that to you i support matt i'm not going to go i'm not going to see
that's why you're trying to trap me into something like that i'm not going to go there for that is not that is not our that is not our policy but we hear what the iranian people are saying poverty corruption and economic uncertainty have the potential to trigger protests in the world over. and they can quickly turn ugly. but the international reaction to such unrest seems to depend on the country and question this is the precise picture of a long oppressed people rising up against their dictators it's a little bit when you know i mean in any country people can protest against high prices but when have a such to muster ations happen in our country opponents of the establishment come out and support them some western leaders are barely able to contain their enthusiasm for regime change and are rushing to throw their weight behind the demonstrators we are now seeing an organic popular uprising organized organized by
brave iranian citizens on the largest scale since two thousand and nine the great a rainy and people have been repressed for many years they are hungry for food and for freedom along with human rights the will is being looted time for change it is essential that western powers. america in the west the powers. back of the arena. because it's only with. that being the iranian people will be secure and can go all the way and securing their freedom in your previous regime but we've seen where this apparent pro-democracy fervor can lead. to. yes. the american president says he supports the protesters but these protests are not protests against the government these kinds of demonstrations happen in any country and they are against rising prices but each time these demonstrations happen we see
that the authorities opponents use them for their own purposes the majority in iran i believe want evolution not revolution he will. spring style which has brought so much suffering elsewhere on the other hand the west seems oddly quiet about the massive rallies that are being held across iran in support of the government to. the root of it is just a canard it's the problem of youth unemployment i personally haven't been able to find a job for a long time but if people have a job they don't have any problem with the government of course most of iran's economic problems are domestically generally but another reason why investment and thus new jobs has been slow in coming is that contrary to their obligations under the nuclear agreement western countries notably the united states have not taken sufficient steps to facility normal financial flows when it
comes to iran the west says it's listening but clearly selectively as co-opting democracy for its own ends is a difficult habit to break and especially churkin r.t. london. as the protests in iran began to gain more international attention a number of fake images were circulated widely on social media the following tweet shows a photo of a woman attacking police officers it's captioned iran it turned out to be a screenshot from an iranian movie after being exposed the man who posted it claimed it was supposed to be symbolic of this video game thousands of use it was said to show a march in iran later was proved to be a protest from two thousand and eleven in bahrain other fake images were perhaps less clear one post claimed to show the uprising what it was actually a photo of a pro government running.
and other headlines hopes for a diplomatic resolution to the north korean crisis site now in sight after the country agreed to hold formal talks with its neighbor south korea ahead of the winter olympic games didn't take long for the u.s. president to take credit for the possible crisis the escalation lot of people have said a lot of people of britain today without my rhetoric and without my tough stance and such a stance i mean this is this is what has to be done if it has to be done that they wouldn't be talking about olympics that they wouldn't be talking right there and this week it was confirmed that in a few days north and south korea will meet for their first official talks in two years the meeting on the ninth of january will discuss the upcoming winter olympics in south korea it's also hoped it will address recent tensions in the region will be held in a so-called peace village in a demilitarized zone on the border between the two countries now another diplomatic breakthrough this week saw north korea reopen a telephone hotline with the south that have been closed since twenty sixteen on
thursday the u.s. president finally accepted souls' request to perspire on joint military drills during the olympics despite the u.s. taking credit for a potential deescalation of the crisis the dean for darren law school tom brooks thinks that the white house has actually only made things worse. so these moves to have a dialogue between north and south korea didn't start a year ago when trump was elected president they've been going on for some time and i think you know the white house has probably something close to nothing to do with this with these steps i think this is something by the efforts of others in him i think here the white house and helped this progress happen that the white house has really done a lot to endanger it and i think it's a credit to both sides the north and south korea that they've got to stick to open
talks to open dialogue and and one only hopes for the sake of the people who live on the korean peninsula that some good comes out of that irrespective of what tweets come out of from donald trump despite progress being made on the diplomatic front donald trump hasn't pulled any punches when it comes to his twitter exchanges with the north korean leader this week where the insults reached a new level after the u.s. president bragged about the size of his nuclear button it seems that trump size really does matter. look at those hands are they small. and they referred to my hands if they're smaller something else post piece ball i guarantee you there's no problem. i'm the biggest crowds because i did pick a standing ovations bass the best in the world the greatest health care plan very very successful i would build the greatest wall you have ever seen linus i happened
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program except to pay off or go to prison israel is offering african migrants money to leave the country the israeli prime minister has labeled them infiltrators and said force will be used if they don't comply. surely with something here that is completely illegal and complete essential have a clear choice. and leave voluntarily respectively humanely and legally or will have to use other legal tools disposal i hope the cheese to cooperate with us and those moderates who voluntarily agreed to leave by the end of march so being promised three and a half thousand dollars on the plane ticket they've got the option of returning to
their home country or going to a third one the alternative is incarceration now is where your thought is say most migrants come to the country for economic reasons that's the spot the fact vay themselves claim to have fled persecution and war at home. take a look at some statistics officials estimate around sixty thousand migrants have crossed the border from egypt since two thousand and five about a third of those have been deported already and of those that remain nearly one and a half thousand are held in detention centers all of the centers we mentioned his whole lot which some refer to as an open air prison. the her in a lot i just exist it's not a normal life to live in a lot is not easy ten people sleep in one room you have to queue to take
a shower to do anything the doctor is only here from one to three there's only one doctor for about twelve hundred people why did i leave eritrea because eritrea is a dictatorial country that i couldn't live there you cannot do anything you work there like a slave for them it's all you can do you can only call it slavery and first i didn't choose to come to israel i didn't think about anything i just wanted to see where there's peace where i can take care of myself where i can protect myself. as soon as the deportation plan appeared at the u.n. refugee agency reminded israel about it to protect those who need it invited to guest to debate the controversial issue. and not refugees they're criminals who crossed the border illegally and they've done quite a long way they didn't want to stay in egypt for example for some reason they crossed for via so done via egypt they came to use rail they're not refuges not
asylum seekers they want to benefit from our reach from our merciful society they are looking for rescue in their spirit didn't do anything possible to save their lives some of them of course behaved fine and they've baited fear that the government of thieves or old pays each one of them thirty five hundred dollars puts them in the nature of the environment wherever they are from or close to there i think israel must be admired and praised by everybody by doing so how we face the problem so-called problem of some city seven thousand asylum seekers refugees who lift part of them have children here they should stay here they have to stay here no human regime would expend them and if israel is going to expel them by force it will be one of the most shane still ever taken not less than this. place an
instead of thanking israel for the years they spent here earned money were treated by the way by israeli madison which is one of the best in the world instead of thanking they what they're going to protest they're going to do it and then they can't come back but by the way of stories wherever they are they're welcome everybody is welcome but you have to keep the law they broke the law provide to time it's also good to stick to fix and the fact is that the rate of crime but among those migrants is much lower than the ever a trait of crime it is good it's not true oh it's absolutely no need. those. data false statement i'm not going to speak as though because this man is interrupting me eighty percent of the i was in europe i recognized as refugees in israel less than one percent how can you racism how could you quoted but.
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