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

Vasily Nebenzya speaks to Nikki Haley before a Security Council meeting on Iran

In a separate interview with RIA Novosti, Ryabkov said that his country rejected USA threats to expand sanctions against Russian Federation and to impose new sanctions against Iran.

Russia's UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the United States was abusing the Security Council's platform and the meeting was an attempt to use the current Iranian situation to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, which the USA administration opposes.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke Friday after her country called the meeting.

Iran's UN Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo told the Security Council that his government has "hard evidence" that recent protests in Iran were "very clearly directed from overseas". She says it's a matter of Iranians' human rights but also global peace and security.

"The world has witnessed the horrors that have taken place in Syria, that began with a murderous regime denying its people's right to peacefully protest", Haley said in a statement late Thursday.

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

Against that backdrop, the Security Council meeting is more a stage for diplomats to voice their concern over the treatment of protesters, but little more.

But Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, has portrayed Friday's Security Council meeting as an American attempt to violate Iran's sovereignty.

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"The United States continues to interfere both openly and covertly in the internal affairs of other countries".

"Iran's domestic affairs have nothing to do with the United Nations Security Council's role".

Ryabkov accused Washington of "directly attacking the sovereignty of other states under the pretext of being concerned about democracy and human rights".

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said at the meeting 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 US has been vocal in its support of the demonstrators and offered harsh condemnation of the Iranian government, including a tweet from President Donald Trump that called the Iranian regime "brutal and corrupt".

"We see no role for the United Nations Security Council in this issue", he said, according to the agency.

It is unlikely that a product will come from the meeting even if it goes ahead, with a non-binding press statement the most likely result.

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