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UN Security Council meeting on protests a Trump 'foreign policy blunder' - Iran

06 January 2018

Russia considers a United States proposal for an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council on the turmoil in Iran "harmful and destructive", RIA news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday.

Washington has called for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the wave of deadly protests in Iran.

The US Ambassador to the United Nations KIkki Haley had sought emergency meetings with UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council over the riots in Iran.

At least 21 people have been killed amid the anti-government protests and unrest over the country's economic woes - demonstrations Iran has accused the US of stirring up.

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Haley said that "in the end, the Iranian people will determine their own destiny", and she reiterated U.S. support for the protesters. Some demonstrators openly chanted anti-government slogans at both the hard line clerics who run the country and at President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who promised more political freedoms and economic improvements following sanctions relief after the 2015 nuclear deal.

Shortly before the meeting, United Nations human rights experts urged Iran to respect the rights of demonstrators and restore access to social media accounts that have been blocked.

"The Iranian regime is finally on notice: The world will be watching what you do", she said.

In Moscow, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made it clear that the protests in Iran did not pose an global threat and should not be a topic for debate within the council. "We must be wary of any attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends, which would have the diametrically opposed outcome to that which is wished", Ambassador Francois Delattre said.

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Iran's prosecutor general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, alleged Thursday that an American CIA official was the "main designer" of the demonstrations.

Turkey and Russian on Thursday warned external parties, particularly the United States, against attempting to interfere in Iran's domestic politics.

"They are acting of their own will, on their own behalf, for their own future". Trump expressed "such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government" and pledged "great support from the United States".

Iran's interior minister said up to 42,000 people took part during the week of protests.

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Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said such actions could provoke a backlash, after six days of anti-government protests in Iran.

UN Security Council meeting on protests a Trump 'foreign policy blunder' - Iran