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Russia: US Call for UN Meeting on Iran "Destructive"

Russia: US Call for UN Meeting on Iran

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke Friday after her country called the meeting. "The Iranian regime's contempt for the rights of its people has been widely documented for many years", said Haley, adding that the United States stood "unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves, prosperity for their families, and dignity for their nation".

The U.S. called Friday's meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counterdemonstrations. She says it's a matter of Iranians' human rights but also worldwide peace and security. "And we know the truth", she said.

Haley's comments come as the United Nations Security Council met to discuss Iran after the USA requested an emergency session amid protests in the country.

Diplomats expect Russian Federation to try to block the formal council meeting by requesting a procedural vote to decide whether the situation in Iran should be on the agenda. "It is unfortunate that despite the resistance on the part of some of its members, this council has allowed itself to be abused by the current U.S. administration in holding a meeting on an issue that falls outside the scope of its mandate", he said.

"It will be telling if any country tries to deny the Security Council from even having this discussion, just as the Iranian regime tries to deny its own people the ability to have their voices heard".

Divided UN Security Council to meet on Iran protests

But Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, has portrayed Friday's Security Council meeting as an American attempt to violate Iran's sovereignty. Majority emphasized the need to fully implement the JCPOA and to refrain from interfering in internal affairs of others.

Ryabkov accused Washington of "directly attacking the sovereignty of other states under the pretext of being concerned about democracy and human rights". Demonstrations erupted in Iran over a week ago after the government announced plans to raise fuel prices and cut monthly cash handouts to lower-income Iranians.

Members of the United Nations Security Council vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea on December 22, 2017, in New York City.

He also criticized a call by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the violence.

If the meeting goes ahead, the council is not expected to issue a statement on the unrest in Iran, which would have to be agreed by all 15 members, diplomats said.


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