Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, put the United Nations and Iran on notice Friday during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council.
What did she say?
Haley, who is becoming known for her firebrand U.N. speeches, told her U.N. colleagues the U.S. unequivocally supports protesters in Iran, who have been protesting for more than a week for their freedom. She also blasted other U.N. member states whose human rights records are less-than-stellar.
"The world should applaud their courage. The voices of the Iranian people should be heard," Haley said, adding:
We have debated the proper role of human rights in the Security Council. Some of our colleagues believe that human rights have no place here. They believe human rights and fundamental freedoms are the business only of the governments that control them.
The United States does not share that belief. Human rights are not the gift of governments. They are the inalienable right of the people themselves. Freedom and human dignity cannot be separated from peace and security. When the rights of the people are denied, the people rightly resist. If the concerns are not acknowledged, then peace and security are inevitably threatened.
Haley went on to destroy the Iranian regime, denouncing their involvement in the Syrian civil war and supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. She also rebuked the Islamic Republic for supporting militias in Iraq, the Houthi terrorists in Yemen, protecting the Iranian elite class while most others face some form of poverty and the country's human rights abuses.
"Today the people of Iran are speaking to their government, and their message is undeniable: Stop the support for terrorism. Stop giving billions of our money to killers and dictators. Stop taking our wealth and spending it on foreign fighters and proxy wars. Think of us," Haley stated.
"They are acting of their own will, on their own behalf, for their own future. Nothing will stop Americans from standing in solidarity with them," she explained.
"And let there be no doubt whatsoever: 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. No dishonest attempt to call the protestors, 'puppets of foreign powers,' will change that. The Iranian people know the truth. And we know the truth," Haley added.
Watch Haley's speech here:
What's going on in Iran?
Citizens in dozens of Iranian cities have taken to their streets in a rare display of opposition to their strict Islamic government. They are demanding the removal of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and calling for the death of Iran's anti-Western government.