Russia's envoy shot back that if the US view holds, the council should have also discussed the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Mo., over the police shooting of a black teenager or the USA crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
In contrast to the US response to the Iran protests in 2009, where the Obama administration took a relatively hands-off approach, President Trump has promised "great support" for the demonstrators, while the State Department has hinted at sanctions for officials who abuse protesters and said that it will use Facebook and Twitter to communicate directly with activists.
Eight days of protest have led to at least 21 deaths and more than 1,000 arrests, mostly in clashes with security forces.
"The world has witnessed the horrors that have taken place in Syria, that began with a murderous regime denying its people's right to peacefully protest", Haley said in a statement late Thursday.
"A prosperous, stable Iran is beneficial to all", Matthew Rycroft said on Friday, January 5, addressing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting.
Iran's Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo slammed the meeting as a "farce" and a "waste of time" and said the council should instead focus on addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the war in Yemen.
They were followed by large pro-government rallies in Tehran and other cities, all of which were widely covered by Iranian state television.
"Despite the many attempts to distort what is really going on (in Iran), I am sure that our neighbor, our friend, will overcome its current difficulties", Ryabkov said.
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 world will be watching what you do", Haley said.
Ben Evansky reports for Fox News on the United Nations and global affairs. "They are attempting to silence the voice of the Iranian people".
US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned Iranian authorities on Friday that the world is watching as Tehran responds to anti-government protests.
There is no evidence that Washington had any direct role in orchestrating the anti-government protests, beyond the encouragement through social media and published remarks. President Donald Trump has been particularly harsh, tweeting his support for Iranians who "are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime".
He criticized European nations and the United Nations for failing to "forcefully speak out" on Iran. Among them: labeling Iran a "terrorist nation", denying its citizens entry into the United States and Trump saying he respected Iranians while denying them the benefits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is aimed at ensuring Iran's nuclear program is pursued for only peaceful ends.
Russian Federation said the United States is exploiting the protests in Iran in order to derail the landmark nuclear deal.
'It is unfortunate that despite the resistance on the part of some of its members, this council has allowed itself to be abused by the current USA administration in holding a meeting on an issue that falls outside the scope of its mandate, ' he said.