UNSC to convene on Iran upon US insistance, Russia calls for closed door session

New York, Jan 5, IRNA - Despite wide ranging diffences of opinion with the US, the UN Security Council will hold a session on Iran on Friday upon insistance of Washington, but Russia has called for closed door session.

The session is to begin at 3:00 local time as scheduled but before that a behind the closed door session will be held upon a request by Russia. If any results are not produced in this session, the possibility of holding the main session will be minimized.

However, none of the UNSC members has made any comments on probable statements or resolutions but it is heard that Russia has called for voting according the by-laws to put Iran issue on the agenda and if nine members give positive votes to the Russian call the session on Iran will continue.

Following recent unrests in certain parts of Iran, US Representative to the UN Nikki Haley in a speech to reporters at the UN headquarters on January 2 accused Iran of violating human rights and freedom of expression and said Washington was after sessions on Iran by UNSC in New York and UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

Other members of the Security Council particularly Russia has shown different reactions to the US demand to an extent that Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova while referring to the way the United States deal with protest gatherings in other parts of the world said perhaps the US envoy to the United Nations (Nikki Haley) has some interesting things to say about suppression of popular protests in Ferguson and Wall Street.

Reacting to Washington's persistence in following up recent developments in Iran by the UN Security Council, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the duty of the council is to pursue issues related to world peace and security in case of Iran there are other ways to follow up its existing issues.

Meanwhile, US ex-undersecretary of state and senior member of nuclear negotiating team with Iran Wendy Sherman in an article published in the Times magazine wrote that President Donald Trump has taken aim once again at the Iran Nuclear Deal following the outbreak of protests there, renewing the possibility that the United States might walk away from the landmark multilateral agreement.

“The president and his allies are undoubtedly inclined to think that now is a good time to kill the deal and that doing so might help the Iranians taking to the streets to protest their government. But this would be a fundamental misreading of the situation,” Sherman said.

Iran's UN envoy Gholamali Khoshroo has condemned US interventionist policies as instances of breaching international laws and regulations, reiterating that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran expects other countries to condemn such dangerous policies and statements and urge the US administration to remain committed to UN Charter and international laws and act in a more responsible manner.


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