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The US warned Iran the world was watching its reaction to anti-government protests at a UN Security Council meeting on Friday - but several of its UN peers resisted holding the meeting altogether.

Nebenzia also said that the USA was abusing the UN Security Council's platform and the meeting was an attempt to use the Iranian situation to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, which the U.S. administration opposes.

Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the demonstrations are a domestic matter, not an worldwide security issue warranting the attention of the UN's most powerful body.

In a Friday meeting at the UN Security Council, the U.S. was heavily criticized by Council members for attempting to use the platform and the anti-government protests in Iran for promoting United States interests and undermining the Iranian nuclear deal.

Haley referred to Iran's involvement in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

The U.N. charter empowers to the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to global friction", and the US wasn't alone in thinking the Iranian protests qualified.

But as the Trump administration sought to use the protests to increase pressure on the Iranian regime, issuing public support for the demonstrators and calling for a United Nations response, the Iranians appeared to have largely quashed the uprisings with an overwhelming and aggressive security response.

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Protests against Iran's government went on for six days; at least 22 people died and hundreds were arrested.

Protests that shook Iran were not just aimed at the economy, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, remarks suggesting the real targets were powerful conservatives opposed to his plans to expand individual freedoms at home and promote detente overseas.

The University of Tehran is working to track and secure the release of its students who were arrested for taking part in recent anti-government protests in Iran, according to the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency.

It's unclear if the preparing for any actual actions against the Iranian government for their crackdown on the protests, either at the United Nations or unilaterally.

The conservatives deny the accusations and say Rouhani must do more to help the poor, with parliament already moving to repeal an unpopular fuel tax hike in his recent budget.

One of the protesters in Berlin, 18-year-old Pariya Kohandel Saleh, said her father was in jail in Iran for supporting the families of prisoners.

She added: "Freedom and human dignity can not be separated from peace and security".

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Alma Konurbayeva, a spokeswoman for current council president Kazakhstan, confirmed that Friday afternoon's meeting is about Iran.

"Human rights are not the gift of governments, they are the inalienable rights of the people themselves ..."

Not all council members see a need to weigh in.

Mass pro-government rallies have taken their place in many Iranian cities. Instead, he sent the decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran to Congress.

The Islamic State group has declared support for the anti-government protests in Iran.

Russian Federation has criticized the U.S. push for Iran to be discussed at the Security Council and it remained unclear if other council members would try to block the meeting via a procedural vote.

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