The Guardian l Patrick Wintour : Washington demands emergency meeting to call for tough line against Tehran – which Moscow says is an American attempt to undermine Iran’s sovereignty
American efforts to win UN security council backing for a tough line against the Iranian leadership in the wake of this week’s protests came unstuck after Russia accused Washington of seeking to undermine Iranian sovereignty by convening an emergency UN session on Friday.
The Russians demanded a closed session of the security council – before the open session wanted by the US – at which Russia will attack the American misuse of the UN to interfere in the sovereignty of Iran. If Russia challenges the need for the emergency meeting, the US needs nine backers on the 15-strong security council for it to go ahead. There are no vetoes.
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