'Raising Iran unrest at United Nations a blunder'

US faces criticism at Security Council meeting on Iran protests

The statement, backed by other nations, carry an implicit criticism of the US for refusing to acknowledge the Security Council's main responsibility which is maintaining worldwide peace and security.

The unrest spread to over 80 cities and towns and has resulted in 22 deaths and more than 1,000 arrests, according to Iranian officials.

"It needs to be crystal clear to the global community that the situation in Iran does not belong on the agenda of the Security Council", said Sacha Sergio Llorenty, the Bolivian ambassador.

At Friday rallies in Iran, pro-government demonstrators chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".

The US called the UN Security Council emergency meeting on Friday night to discuss the demonstrations that left at least 21 people dead.

"The real reason for convening today's meeting is not an attempt to protect human rights or promote the interests of the Iranian people, but rather as a veiled attempt to use the current moment to continue to undermine" the Iranian deal, Nebenzya said.

The U.S. called Friday's meeting after giving moral support to the anti-government protesters in a week of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations.

Nikki Haley accused Iranian regime of funding a pro-regime military campaign in Syria, backing Shia militias in Iraq and supporting a crony elite while ordinary Iranians struggle.

"The Iranian regime is now on notice: the world will be watching what you do", Ms. Haley warned.

Heated debate took place on the floor of the Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in NY after its 15 members were gathered at the request of the U.S. to discuss the current situation in Iran.

Thousands of government supporters staged rallies in Iran on Saturday, in a backlash against widespread anti-government protests that the clerical establishment has blamed on the country's enemies. "We must be wary of any attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends, which would have the diametrically opposed outcome to that which is wished". He pointed out that Trump has a history of making "belligerent" comments about Iran.

Addressing the Security Council, the Iranian Ambassador to the UN, Gholamali Khoshoroo slammed the 15-membered body to have allowed itself to be abused by the Trump Administration in holding a meeting that falls outside the scope of its mandate.

"One U.S. resident took to social media to order the killing of our security forces ... as well as their families, in their homes". The CIA declined to comment.

Trump himself conflated the protests with the Iran nuclear deal this week, arguing that financial benefits received by the Iranian authorities as part of the accord had fuelled the corruption that the country's people were protesting. He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!" "Another FP (foreign policy) blunder for the Trump administration". "It is a powerful exhibition of fearless people who have become so fed up with their oppressive government that they are willing to risk their lives in protest".

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