Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

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

Russia: US Call for UN Meeting on Iran

She says it's a matter of Iranians' human rights but also worldwide peace and security.

Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo has slammed the U.S. government's recent attempts to intervene in the domestic affairs of the Islamic Republic. The days of pro-government rallies drew crowds in the tens of thousands.

It has also called on the United Nations to condemn the "US interference" in Iran's domestic affairs and considered the holding of a Security Council session to discuss the situation in the Persian State as "not constructive".

"This is how we view the American initiative to convene the UN Security Council over a situation that is of purely national concern in Iran". President Trump has been particularly harsh, tweeting his support for Iranians who "are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime".

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif listens to anchor Charlie Rose, at an event held in conjunction with the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 27, 2017.

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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Iran on Wednesday angrily accused the the United Nations of meddling in its domestic affairs. The US delegation said on Thursday it had requested the Friday meeting.

Russian Federation scoffed at the idea.

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

Differences in opinion between the U.S. and Europe over how to address the situation in Iran may also manifest themselves during the emergency meeting on Friday.

Some other members urged a careful approach to weighing in on the protests: "Yes, of course, to vigilance and call for full respect of freedom of expression, but no to instrumentalization of the crisis from the outside - because it would only reinforce the extremes, which is precisely what we want to avoid", French Ambassador Francois Delattre said before the meeting.

Uncertainty over how long the protests will continue has prompted European countries to collectively take a much more cautious approach to what it says publicly than the US.

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