Sweden rejects U.S. call for UNSC session over Iran riots

Sweden rejects U.S. call for UNSC session over Iran riots

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

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

Iran has witnessed rallies in the past few days over price hikes and economic woes in some cities, but some suspicious rioters, who have been accused of being foreign-backed, have taken the protest so far by damaging public property and attacking police forces.

The U.S. called Friday's meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counterdemonstrations.

"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.

Diplomats expect Russian Federation to try to block the formal council meeting by requesting a procedural vote to decide whether the situation in Iran should be on the agenda.

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Commenting on the possibility of new USA sanctions on Iran, Ryabkov said such methods were "illegitimate".

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.

In Moscow, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made it clear that the protests in Iran did not pose an global threat and should not be a topic for debate within the council. And Iran's United Nations envoy, Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo, complained in a letter to the Security Council president Wednesday that Trump's "absurd tweets" had "incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts".

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

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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