"Why is the United States, a permanent member of the Security Council and one of the authors of the UN Charter, undermining the authority of the Security Council as the main body responsible for maintaining worldwide peace and security?"
Haley said Friday that "the world should applaud their courage", and the US "stands unapologetically with those in Iran who seek freedom for themselves".
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.
Under its charter, the United Nations empowers the council to "investigate any dispute, or any situation which might lead to worldwide friction".
The French diplomat was blunt when he said that the violations of the demonstrators' rights "do not constitute per se a threat to worldwide peace and security".
State television showed rallies in cities including Amol, Semnan and Shadegan waving Iranian flags and chanting "Death to America", "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain". And Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo - whose country isn't a Security Council member but was invited to participate Friday - said the protests had gotten "direct encouragement by foreign forces including by the president of the United States".
University students attend an anti-government protest inside Tehran University as nationwide demonstrations shake Iran.
"We will not be quiet", she told the meeting.
"However worrying the events of the last few days in Iran may be, they do not constitute per se a threat to worldwide peace and security", Ambassador Francois Delattre said.
But France's ambassador, Francois Delattre, urged caution, saying the council should act "with all the vigilance required, guarding against any exploitation of this crisis, which would only reinforce the extremes". When is the USA going to learn to let the world live in peace. He pointed out that Trump has a history of making "belligerent" comments about Iran.
The president's tweets have not called for violence or disruptive acts, but he has commended them.
'Iranian govt should respect their people's rights, including right to express themselves.
China also described the meeting as meddling in Iran's affairs.
The Security Council "rebuffed the U.S.' naked attempt to hijack its mandate", Mr. Zarif wrote on Twitter.
He discussed the cancellation of the visit of the french foreign minister to Tehran during the previous week and said "this is unacceptable that a country has the largest number of economic agreements with Iran on paper, but adopts political and security policies that are totally against our country". Due to the Trump administration, it's not only watching, it's also acting. The days of pro-government rallies drew crowds in the tens of thousands.