Russia considers a USA proposal for an extraordinary meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the turmoil in Iran as "harmful and destructive", RIA news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday.
UNSC member France declared that the ongoing Iran demonstrations were not an issue for which the global body required emergency meetings.
Heated debate took place on the floor of the Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in NY after its 15 members were gathered at the request of the U.S. to discuss the current situation in Iran. But Haley called on the Security Council to "amplify the message of the Iranian people". They are asking for something that no government can legitimately deny them: their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Khoshroo was the final ambassador to speak in a 90-minute debate to address what U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called the "troubling and unsafe situation in Iran". If the founding principles of this institution mean anything, we will not only hear their cry, we will finally answer it. "The world will be watching what you do", Haley told a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
But the Europeans - who negotiated the nuclear agreement along with the United States, Russia and China - have reacted more cautiously by expressing support for the protesters without antagonizing the government with strident condemnation.
Iranian Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo asserted that the administration of US President Donald Trump - in the form of its current and widely-criticized ambassador Nikki Haley - was abusing its position as a permanent UNSC member in demanding the emergency meeting. She also called government of Iran to "stop censoring the voice of the people, and to restore the access to the Internet". "Because in the end, the Iranian people will determine their own destiny", she said. We will not be quiet.
The remarks by Mohammad Javad Zarif at a security conference in Tehran echoed the Iranian authorities' stance, which alleges that foreign powers including regional rival Saudi Arabia stirred up unrest linked to the protests. Foreign financial institutions that knowingly facilitate significant transactions for, or persons that provide material or certain other support to, the designated entities risk exposure to sanctions that could sever their access to the USA financial system or block their property and property interests under US jurisdiction. "Think of us, '" she said.
Iran's foreign minister on Monday warned neighbouring countries over fomenting insecurity in Iran in a reference to anti-government protests that have roiled the country over the past two weeks.
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