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USA seeks United Nations emergency meeting on Iran on Friday

USA seeks United Nations emergency meeting on Iran on Friday

He also accused Trump of inciting "disruptive acts".

Even reformists in Iran, who backed the 2009 protests, have condemned the violence and the support the demonstrations have received from the United States.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned North Korea on Tuesday (Jan 2) against another missile test and said Washington would not take planned talks between North and South Korea seriously if Pyongyang did not take steps to give up its nuclear weapons.

But diplomats said Wednesday that no such meeting has been scheduled for the time being.

The Commerce Ministry in China, North Korea's lone major ally, also said it will continue to fully implement United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

Trump's harsh statements targeting Tehran were previously criticized by Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, who suggested that the U.S. leader should "address his country's domestic affairs instead of wasting his time on posting useless and insulting tweets about others".

"Despite many attempts to distort the essence of what is happening, I am sure that our neighbor, the state that is friendly to us, will be able to overcome the current difficulties and come out of the current period as a stronger country and a partner that is reliable in solving various problems", including those relarted to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Ryabkov said, according to the state-run TASS news agency.

The government officials have urged people to refrain from participating in the illegal protests.

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US President Donald Trump tried to ramp up pressure on what he called a "brutal and corrupt regime" in Iran amid anti-government protests in the country this week. He also urged all parties to maintain balance in relations with the Islamic Republic, while seeking ways to "increase worldwide pressure" on it.

The Russian foreign ministry echoed the concerns, urging the USA not to interfere in Iran's "domestic issues", Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reports.

"North Korea can talk to anyone they want, but the U.S. is not going to recognise it or acknowledge it until they agree to ban the nuclear weapons that they have", she said.

Speaking to RT, some Iranians pointed to the unfair treatment of their country.

Cho said he expects the dialogue at the border village of Panmunjom, if it happens, to be focused on North Korea's participation at the Olympics in February, but other issues would likely arise, including the denuclearisation of North Korea.

The student news agency ISNA quoted Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli as saying that "at most 42,000 people attended the protests, which is not much" in a nation of 80 million people.

The Iranian government restricted access to social media at the height of the protests over the weekend, but many Iranians also use VPNs so the government can not track their online activity.

"Another reason why investment and thus new jobs have been slow in coming is that the global flows have not been forthcoming and that is because, contrary to their obligations under the nuclear agreement, Western countries, notably the United States, have not taken sufficient steps to facilitate normal financial flows", Dalton told RT.