Iran's ambassador to the U.N., Gholamali Khoshroo, said the US had abused its power as a permanent member of the Security Council. U.S. President Donald Trump cheered on protesters, calling Iran a "brutal and corrupt regime", while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "wish [ed] the Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom".
"The Iranian situation did not pose a threat to global peace and security, and discussing its domestic situation is not part of the Council's responsibilities as outlined in the Charter", he said.
Demonstrations were quickly backed by Iran's main worldwide detractors: the U.S., Israel.
"The Iranian regime is now on notice: the world will be watching what you do", Ms. Haley warned.
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.
The U.S. called Friday's meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations.
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Briefing the Security Council, Taye-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said the demonstrations taking place in Iran were a fundamental expression of human rights, and a powerful exhibition of courageous people who were so fed up with their oppressive regime that they were willing to risk their lives in protest.
But Iran's Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo criticized the council for taking up a matter his country considers "purely domestic", and called it bullying by the United States.
A man shouts slogans during a protest against USA recognition of Jerusalem, in Tehran, Iran, on December 11, 2017.
Many observers are asking why protesters chose this period to demonstrate. We will not be quiet.
Britain and France reiterated that Iran must respect the rights of protesters, but French Ambassador Francois Delattre said the "events of the past days do not constitute a threat to peace and global security".
He said his government has "hard evidence" recent protests in Iran were very clearly directed from overseas.
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"One U.S. resident took to social media to order the killing of our security forces ... as well as their families, in their homes".
In a second statement on January 1, Rouhani plays down the protests as "nothing" and insists the Iranian people will "respond to rioters and lawbreakers".
He said the administration of President Donald Trump, in "numerous absurd tweets, had incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts" which violated worldwide law.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account that the meeting was "another foreign policy blunder for the Trump administration".
Tens of thousands gathered across Iran yesterday in a show of strength for the regime after days of deadly unrest, with state television showing crowds marching through several cities.
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