A United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss recent protests in Iran turned into criticism of the United States for requesting to meet on what some member states said was an internal issue for Tehran.
The US ambassador Nikki Haley said the worldwide community could not let Iran silence protesters' messages about the country's economic woes by blocking some social media platforms.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley Haley spoke Friday after her country called the meeting, Associated Press said in a report.
People protest in Los Angeles, California, U.S., in support of anti-government protesters in Iran, January 3, 2018.More news: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic in same half in Australian Open
She says it's a matter of Iranians' human rights but also worldwide peace and security.
Tehran's Friday prayer leader called on authorities to deal "firmly" with those responsible for igniting over a week of illegal rallies, in which 22 people were killed and more than 1,000 people were arrested, according to Iranian officials. More than 700 people have been detained.
Iranian state TV showed pro-government rallies in response to the protests. In addition, the Iranian embassy in London, England, filed a grievance with Ofcom a regulations broadcast entity, accusing them that one of their UK-based Farsi-language based channels had been encouraging the Iranian protests.
"The Iranian dictatorship is trying to do what it always does, which is to say that the protests were designed by enemies".
In a telephone interview from Tehran, Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh told Asharq Al-Awsat: "Starting 3 pm till late at night, the main streets of Tehran witnessed fueled moments".
"If we are not careful, we will end up surreptitiously rebuilding an "axis of evil", Mr Macron added, referring to a comment by former USA president George W. Bush, who used the term to describe the "rogue" regimes of Iran, Iraq and North Korea.More news: Rep. Schiff: Would Be Better if Trump Watched Cartoons
The US imposed sanctions against five Iranian firms alleged to have been working on an illegal ballistic missile programme, linking the move to the protests.
She called on all of her other colleagues in the Security Council to join her in amplifying the message of the Iranian people.
Russian Federation said the United States is exploiting the protests in Iran in order to derail the landmark nuclear deal.
Later this month, President Donald Trump will once again have to decide whether to certify Iran's compliance with the deal, which lifts sanctions against Iran as long as it doesn't pursue nuclear weapons.
The state broadcaster showed pro-government rallies in several cities, starting with Amol, in the northern province of Mazandaram, with hundreds of people waving the Iranian flag and chanting slogans against the USA and Israel.More news: James Franco says allegations he's heard aren't accurate