Iran unrest divides UN Security Council meeting

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"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.

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 worldwide deal to curtail Tehran's nuclear program, which US President Donald Trump has challenged. One of the largest demonstrations was at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Musalla Mosque, where thousands of protesters blasted the US and chanted anti-U.S. slogans.

"The Iranian regime is now on notice: The world will be watching what you do", Haley warned. Haley's statement did not mention how or if the USA contribution will be altered.Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for Guterres, confirmed in a statement that the UN General Assembly on Sunday morning had approved cuts for the 2018-2019 period that would total about $286 million below the level for the last two years and touted support for a trial proposal to move to annual budgets.A United States official told CNN that the UN's administrative and budget committee "agreed on a range of issues related to the UN's regular budget, peacekeeping budget, oversight and management matters and reform initiatives."Among the points of agreement, the official said, included cuts with a "focus on bloated management and support functions and rationalizing services", and adjusting budget levels for Darfur and Haiti".

"We must maintain a robust dialogue with Iran to ensure it doesn't further pose a risk stoking regional stability", he said.

Iran's United Nations envoy, who was sitting in on the session despite not being a council member, agreed, calling Friday's session an "abuse of its [the U.S.'s] power as a permanent member, and an abuse of the council itself".

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U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed his support for protesters who have been staging rallies across Iran over the past week against the country's government. "They are attempting to silence the voice of the Iranian people".

He added that changes in Iran will come from the people and not from overseas.

Nauert's statement came on the same day the State Department redesignated Iran and nine other nations as "countries of particular concern" for alleged violations of religious freedom.

He added his government has "hard evidence" the recent protests in Iran were "very clearly directed from abroad".

He criticized European nations and the United Nations for failing to "forcefully speak out" on Iran.

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"Today, the Iranian people are once again rising up to demand freedom and opportunity, and under President Trump, the United States is standing with them".

Trump's repeated tweets backing protesters during Iran's unrest were rebuffed by marchers on Friday.

'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 United States administration in holding a meeting on an issue that falls outside the scope of its mandate, ' he said. The US delegation said on Thursday it had requested the Friday meeting.

The British envoy was addressing the United Nations Security Council session which had been held at the request of the United States to discuss recent unrests in some parts of Iran.

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