Russia: US Call for UN Meeting on Iran "Destructive"

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The Security Council is responsible for maintaining global peace and security, and Iran's internal issues have nothing to do with its mission, Ryabkov said.

The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said Iran is "on notice", after listing what she referred to as slogans chanted by Iranian protesters.

A total of 21 people have died and hundreds have been arrested since December 28 as protests over economic woes turned against the Iranian regime, with attacks on government buildings and police stations.

Iran's UN Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo told the Security Council that his government has "hard evidence" that recent protests in Iran were "very clearly directed from overseas".

"This is a matter of fundamental human rights for the Iranian people, but it is also a matter of worldwide peace and security", said Haley.

"The world has witnessed the horrors that have taken place in Syria, that began with a murderous regime denying its people's right to peacefully protest", Haley said.

Russian Federation warned the United States against intervening in Iran and exploiting the situation there to undermine the agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.

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Commenting on the latest developments in Iran, Ryabkov noted: "Despite numerous attempts to distort the essence of what is going on, I am certain that our neighbor, the country that is friendly to us, will be able to overcome the current difficulties and emerge from the current period as a stronger nation and a reliable partner in solving various problems, including those related to further implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)".

For a new agenda item to be discussed at the Security Council, at least nine of the 15 council members must support holding the meeting.

"The United States continues to interfere both openly and covertly in the internal affairs of other countries". Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran called in a video statement for the Security Council to "stand with the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights".

They were followed by large pro-government rallies in Tehran and a the cities of Kerman and Tabriz, all of which were widely covered by Iranian state television.

Members of the United Nations Security Council vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea on December 22, 2017, in New York City.

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.

It is unlikely that a product will come from the meeting even if it goes ahead, with a non-binding press statement the most likely result.

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