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Vasily Nebenzya speaks to Nikki Haley before a Security Council meeting on Iran

Vasily Nebenzya speaks to Nikki Haley before a Security Council meeting on Iran

A United Nations Security Council meeting that centered on anti-government protests in Iran was another foreign policy blunder of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, Iran's foreign minister wrote on his Twitter account, Reuters reports.

The U.S. envoy to the United Nations says an emergency Security Council meeting on the protests in Iran is putting the Islamic Republic on notice that "the world will be watching what you do".

Diplomats had expected Russian Federation to call a procedural vote to try to block the meeting, but in the end, Moscow's envoy did not make that request.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had suggested the USA government could impose sanctions against Iranian officials who repress peaceful protests.

Kalın, also told reporters during a news conference in Ankara that while Iranian citizens had the right to hold demonstrations, it was not possible to accept acts that cause casualties and property damage, as the protests have left 21 people dead.

Iran's interior minister said up to 42,000 people took part during the week of protests.

"We must not let that happen in Iran", Haley added.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke Friday after her country called the meeting.

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"It will be telling if any country tries to deny the Security Council from even having this discussion, just as the Iranian regime tries to deny its own people the ability to have their voices heard".

Ben Evansky reports for Fox News on the United Nations and worldwide affairs. "They do so shamelessly", Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. "And we know the truth", she said.

Ryabkov accused Washington of "directly attacking the sovereignty of other states under the pretext of being concerned about democracy and human rights".

In contrast to the US 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. The days of pro-government rallies drew crowds in the tens of thousands.

Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands began their stint at the Security Council on January 1.

Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said Friday that "it is a discredit for the Security Council" to discuss what he called a purely domestic matter.

The US administration has also imposed unilateral sanctions on five Iranian companies linked to Tehran's ballistic missile program.

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