Russian Federation criticises USA decision to call United Nations meeting on Iranian protests

US faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

But Russia and Iran complained tartly that the USA was dragging a council focused on global security into what they called a domestic matter.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif ridiculed U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday over what he called the foreign policy "blunder" of trying to raise its recent protests at the UN Security Council.

He said his government has "hard evidence" recent protests in Iran were very clearly directed from overseas.

The U.S. called Friday's meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations.

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Bolivia's representative also called the request "a blatant attempt by some missions to bring to the attention of the Security Council to issues that do not fall into the purview of this body", as the events in the Islamic Republic of Iran "do not pose a threat to global peace and security".

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people have attended pro-government rallies in recent days. The Iranian people know the truth and we know the truth.

A United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss the protests turned into criticism of the United States for requesting to meet on what some member states said was an internal issue for Iran.

As the Iranian protests continue into its eighth day, and the regime carries out its violent crackdown, the world is indeed watching.

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Under its charter, the United Nations empowers the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to global friction".

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom said his country hoped the meeting could "work as a preventive measure to avoid further escalation of violence".

Ahead of the meeting it was clear that the Council would not be able to even come up with a resolution or a statement on the Iranian protests because of opposition from veto-wielding permanent member Russian Federation and others. "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". 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".

I agree with Roger Cohen that the Trump administration "should stop berating the nuclear deal". He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!"

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Iran signed a nuclear deal with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China in 2015, easing sanctions in exchange for curbs to the country's nuclear programme.

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