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Iran criticises U.S. 'blunder' over United Nations meeting

Iran criticises U.S. 'blunder' over United Nations meeting

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley further scrutinized the Iranian government for its detestable behavior suppressing pro-democratic forces protesting the Islamist regime.

Khoshroo added that Iran expects all states to condemn such unsafe statements and policies and urge the US government to act responsibly and adhere to the UN Charter and global law.

The meeting of the UN Security Council was convened at the request of the U.S. to discuss the current situation in Iran, where some 21 people have lost their lives in more than week-long anti-government protests across the country.

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". A similar rally followed Friday prayers in Tehran.

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Iran criticises U.S. 'blunder' over United Nations meeting

Earlier in the week, the US government announced it was suspending security assistance to the country.

Nikki Haley accused Iranian regime of funding a pro-regime military campaign in Syria, backing Shia militias in Iraq and supporting a crony elite while ordinary Iranians struggle.

"The Iranian regime is finally on notice: The world will be watching what you do", she continued.

"A prosperous, stable Iran is beneficial to all", Matthew Rycroft said on Friday, January 5, addressing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting.

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Russia, a close ally of Iran's, agreed.

Russian Federation accuses the United States of interfering in Iran's national affairs and maintains the protests are not a matter for the council, which deals with threats to worldwide peace and security. Many seemed to fear that the outspoken criticism by the Americans was simply a pretext to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump has long desired to scrap.

Envoys from several other countries, including China and newcomer Equatorial Guinea, also expressed doubts as to whether the council was the right forum for the issue.

He asked rhetorically why the Security Council had not taken up the issue of Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson, Missouri, which were at times also met with a violent police response.

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"It is right and proper - indeed, our responsibility.to assess whether a situation like this could become a threat to worldwide peace and security", British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said before the meeting.

Naghavi referred to the stance adopted by some European countries and said that the support they offered to the protesters is a sign of their interference.

While U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed support for demonstrators in Iran and engaged in heightened rhetoric, the United States is likely to hang back and avoid direct involvement, U.S. experts said.

"However worrying the events of the last few days in Iran may be, they do not constitute per se a threat to global peace and security", Ambassador Francois Delattre said.

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"We must be wary of any attempt to exploit this crisis for personal ends, which would have a diametrically opposed outcome to that which is wished", Delattre said.