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Russia Warns US Not To Meddle In Iran During Protests

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, file photo.

Russia considers a U.S. proposal for an extraordinary meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the turmoil in Iran as "harmful and destructive", RIA news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier this week the United States was seeking emergency sessions on Iran at the United Nations in New York and at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Anti-government protests have swept Iranian cities and towns over the past week and 21 people have been killed in the unrest.

Ryabkov also said, "We warn the U.S. against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said.

Ryabkov also said Washington "is tempted to use the moment to raise new issues with regard to the JCPOA," the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that limits Iran's nuclear program, including restricting uranium enrichment for 10 years.

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday the U.S. wants an agreement lasting longer.

Reporting by Reuter, AP