The UN Security Council went into closed-door talks on Friday on the deadly protests in Iran with Russian Federation and the United States at odds over whether the top UN body should discuss the demonstrations.
In contrast to the USA response to the Iran protests in 2009, where the Obama administration took a relatively hands-off approach, President Trump has promised "great support" for the demonstrators, while the State Department has hinted at sanctions for officials who abuse protesters and said that it will use Facebook and Twitter to communicate directly with activists.
Iran's United Nations ambassador says the Security Council's emergency meeting on protests in his country is "a preposterous example" of "U.S. bullying".
Discussing the domestic situation of Iran at the council "does not help resolve the domestic issue of Iran", said China's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Wu Haitao.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley has warned the demonstrations in Iran could escalate into full-blown conflict, drawing a comparison with Syria, Daily Mail reported on Friday.
"We must not let that happen in Iran", Haley added.
At least 21 people have been killed amid the anti-government protests and unrest over the country's economic woes demonstrations Iran has accused the USA of stirring up.
Pro-regime rallies were held in Tehran after Friday prayers, the third straight day of marches in support of the government, which has declared the unrest over.
UN Security Council opens formal meeting on Iran protests
"It is unfortunate that despite the resistance on the part of some of its members, this council has allowed itself to be abused by the current US administration in holding a meeting on an issue that falls outside the scope of its mandate", he said.
The Iranian people are telling their government to "stop the support for terrorism, stop giving billions of our money to killers and dictators, stop taking our wealth and spending it on foreign fighters and proxy wars", said Haley.
"The Iranian regime is finally on notice: The world will be watching what you do", she said.
On Thursday, the United States formally requested an open meeting, and Russian Federation then called for the closed-door talks at 2:30 pm (1930 GMT) Friday. She said the global community must also "do more" to prevent Iran from silencing protesters' messages, particularly by blocking some social media platforms. Russian Federation has been vocal in its opposition to the session, with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov accusing the US of infringing on Iran's sovereignty.
Khoshroo also said the United States had abused its power as a permanent member of the Security Council by calling for a meeting to discuss the protests.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has praised the anti-government demonstrators as courageous freedom-seekers who need the world's support.
France's ambassador to the UN said the protests do not threaten global peace and security, in what may be an implicit criticism of the United States.
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