US, Russia gear up for United Nations showdown over Iran protests

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 U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on the protests roiling Iran is putting Tehran on notice that "the world will be watching" what it does, the USA ambassador said Friday.

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.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley also said the global community can't let Iran silence protesters' messages, particularly by blocking some social media platforms.

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.

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"The government's instruction to the Revolutionary Guards to hit hard against the protesters, and the judiciary's threats of harsh punishment, are unacceptable", said a statement by four special rapporteurs, human rights experts who volunteer their time, released by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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 global deal to curtail Tehran's nuclear program, which US President Donald Trump has challenged. Haley said Friday that "the world should applaud their courage", and the US "stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves". "The Iranian regime is now on notice, the world will be watching what you do".

"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.

In a separate interview with RIA Novosti, Ryabkov said that his country rejected USA threats to expand sanctions against Russian Federation and to impose new sanctions against Iran.

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"They are acting of their own will, on their own behalf, for their own future". These protests were followed on Saturday and Wednesday by large demonstrations in support of the government.

Iran's interior minister said up to 42,000 people took part during the week of protests. Demonstrations erupted in Iran over a week ago after the government announced plans to raise fuel prices and cut monthly cash handouts to lower-income Iranians.

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