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

US faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

'Raising Iran unrest at UN a blunder'

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

More than a week of unrest has seen 22 people die and more than 1,000 arrested, according to Iranian officials, in the biggest anti-government protests for almost a decade.

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya, left, speaks to American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before the security council meeting.

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

US faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

Delattre disclosed this during a Security Council meeting called by the United States which has been criticised by Iran.

"Why is the United States, a permanent member of the Security Council and one of the authors of the UN Charter, undermining the authority of the Security Council as the main body responsible for maintaining worldwide peace and security?"

Furthermore, U.S. -allied France and the United Kingdom defended the the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program, and noted Iran's compliance.

Still, the United Nations charter empowers the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to global friction", and the US wasn't alone in thinking the Iranian protests qualified.

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The French diplomat was blunt when he said that the violations of the demonstrators' rights "do not constitute per se a threat to global peace and security". Some demonstrators have called for the government's overthrow.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned Iranian authorities on Friday that the world is watching, as thousands held pro-government demonstrations in Iran following anti-government protests, in which over 21 people were killed.

"Rolling Protests in Iran Lay Bare Power Struggle" (front page, January 3) reports on protesters venting their frustrations with a political elite they say has hijacked the economy to serve its own interests.

State television showed rallies in cities including Amol, Semnan and Shadegan waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to America", "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain". Authorities say the anti-government protests are waning. "Another FP (foreign policy) blunder for the Trump administration", Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted. The CIA declined to comment.

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'Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves. He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!"

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