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US snubbing UN tribute to late Iranian president Raisi

"The U.N. should be standing with the people of Iran," the U.S. mission to the United Nations stated.

Members of the U.N. Security Council observe a moment of silence in the memory of former Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, former Iranian foreign affairs minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other victims of a helicopter crash in Iran, at the start of the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security on May 20, 2024. Credit: U.N. Photo.
Members of the U.N. Security Council observe a moment of silence in the memory of former Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, former Iranian foreign affairs minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other victims of a helicopter crash in Iran, at the start of the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security on May 20, 2024. Credit: U.N. Photo.

The U.S. mission to the United Nations is skipping a U.N. tribute on Thursday for Ebrahim Raisi, the late president of Iran who died in a helicopter crash on May 19.

“The U.N. should be standing with the people of Iran,” said Nate Evans, spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations, who noted that Washington wouldn’t participate “in any capacity.”

“Raisi was involved in numerous, horrific human-rights abuses, including the extrajudicial killings of thousands of political prisoners in 1988,” Evans said. “Some of the worst human-rights abuses on record took place during his tenure.”

A U.S. envoy was one of many diplomats at the global body who stood during a moment of silence for Raisi, known as the “Butcher of Tehran,” at the United Nations.

“What’s next: Will the council dedicate a moment of silence to commemorate Hitler?” said Gilad Erdan, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, at the time.

The United Nations also hung its flag at halfmast to honor Raisi.

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