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

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Russian Federation portrayed the Security Council meeting as a US attempt to violate Iran's sovereignty.

Saturday's show of support came a day after Iran's foreign minister said a United Nations Security Council meeting called by the United States to discuss the protests had proved a "blunder" by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. But tens of thousands have also reportedly taken part in pro-government rallies in recent days.

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.

While Russia believes the UN Security Council has no business getting involved, British ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was "right and proper - indeed, our responsibility to assess whether a situation like this could become a threat to worldwide peace and security". The world is watching!' he tweeted, quoting from the speech.

Iran's state TV on Saturday showed government supporters rallying a day after the foreign minister said a US move to call an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss anti-government protests was another Trump administration "blunder".

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The Netherlands hoped the meeting would "work as a preventive measure to avoid further escalation of violence", Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom said.

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

But Iran's Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo criticized the council for taking up a matter his country considers "purely domestic", and called it bullying by the United States. The CIA declined to comment.

Treasure Secretary Mnuchin said that the Trump administration "will continue to decisively counter the Iranian regime's malign activity, including additional sanctions targeting human rights abuses". Moreover, with President Trump imposing a travel ban on Iranians and calling Iran a terrorist nation, his statement about respecting the right of Iranians "to express themselves" is just some pretty words. He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!"

Trump vowed as a candidate to tear up the 2015 nuclear deal in which world powers lifted some sanctions in return for Iran curbing its nuclear program.

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