The United States and Russian Federation were set to face off Friday at the United Nations Security Council over how the global community should respond to the protests in Iran, after the USA called for an emergency session as it ramps up pressure on the hardline regime in Tehran.
On Thursday, the Kazakh delegation to the United Nations said the Security Council will meet on Friday at 3 p.m. (2000 GMT) to discuss Iran.
British Ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft, left, speaks to American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before the start of a Security Council meeting on the situation in Iran, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at United Nations headquarters.
The Trump administration has taken a vocal approach to the situation in Iran, where at least 21 people have been killed and over 1,000 arrested as Iranians take to the streets to protest against the regime.
Haley said that "in the end, the Iranian people will determine their own destiny", and she reiterated United States support for the protesters.
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Ryabkov said earlier on Thursday that the United States should not interfere in Iran's domestic affairs, and that Moscow remained committed to the 2015 worldwide deal to curtail Tehran's nuclear program, which US President Donald Trump has challenged.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has praised the anti-government demonstrators as fearless freedom-seekers who need the world's support. President Trump has been particularly harsh, tweeting his support for Iranians who "are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime". "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", Ambassador Francois Delattre said.
"The United States continues to pursue a policy of open and implicit interference in the internal affairs of other states - doing it unabashedly, openly, under the slogan of caring for democracy and human rights, directly infringing on the sovereignty of other states", Sergei Ryabkov said Friday in comments carried by the Interfax news agency.
"Iran's domestic affairs have nothing to do with the United Nations Security Council's role". These protests were followed on Saturday and Wednesday by large demonstrations in support of the government. The Iranian people know the truth.
Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said such actions could provoke a backlash, after six days of anti-government protests in Iran.
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