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08 January 2018, 04:12 | Myrtle Vega
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But Russia and some other countries said the UN's most powerful body had no business weighing in on the demonstrations.
The U.S. called Friday's meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations. It has been opposed by Trump who has to certify this month to the US Congress that Iran is complying with it in order for Washington to continue with the terms of the agreement.
The meeting was a defeat for USA diplomatic interests as countries in the Security Council defended the principles of sovereignty and non-interventionism. The world is watching!' he tweeted, quoting from the speech.
Russia's Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia said that if the Council followed the reasoning behind convening the the meeting over domestic protests in Iran, it should have met after the protests in the U.S. that followed the killing of an African-American teenager in Ferguson by a white police officer in 2014.
"The United States is abusing the platform of the security council", said Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, whose country has close ties to Iran.
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.
"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.
Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom said his country hoped the meeting could "work as a preventive measure to avoid further escalation of violence".
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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.
Residents contacted by Reuters in various cities on Friday said the protests had shown sign of abating, after the government intensified a crackdown on protesters by dispatching Revolutionary Guards forces to several provinces.
French Ambassador Francois Delattre urged the council to react carefully, "with all the vigilance required ... but guarding against any exploitation of this crisis, which would only reinforce the extremes".
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 global peace and security".
I agree with Roger Cohen that the Trump administration "should stop berating the nuclear deal". The CIA declined to comment. 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.
China also described the meeting as meddling in Iran's affairs.
There was concern over the nuclear deal made in 2015 by Iran with the five permanent members, Germany and the European Union that lifted sanctions against Tehran.
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