Every United Nations member state is sovereign, but member states can not use sovereignty as a shield when they categorically deny their people human rights and fundamental freedoms, the U.S. ambassador said.
But countries including France, Bolivia and Russian Federation agreed that the Security Council should not get involved in the Iranian protests.
In particular, Haley said the USA calls on Iran's government to stop censoring social media outlets and to restore Internet access -- and on the global community to "do more" than issue statements of support, saying, "We can not allow" the ongoing crackdown on protesters "to happen".
The president's tweets haven't called for violence or disruptive acts, but he has commended the protests, expressing "such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government" and pledging "great support from the United States".
US Ambassador Nikki Haley argued that the unrest could escalate into full-blown conflict and drew a comparison with Syria. "As the Iranian people suffer, their government and the IRGC fund foreign militants, terrorist groups, and human rights abuses".
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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 USA to discuss the current situation in Iran.
The U.N. Security Council is holding an emergency meeting called by the United States to consider the protests that have roiled Iran in recent days.
Haley, who never mentioned the nuclear accord, focused her remarks on the protests that have killed at least 20 people and led to as many as 1,000 arrests.
Haley said the worldwide community must also "do more" to prevent Iran from silencing protesters' messages, particularly by blocking some social media platforms.
Demonstrations erupted in Iran more than a week ago after the government announced plans to raise fuel prices and cut monthly cash handouts to lower-income Iranians.
Iranian officials blamed a plot by the CIA, Israel and Saudi Arabia for the unrest that convulsed much of the country for five days - part of the increasing tensions playing out between Iran and its neighbours since President Donald Trump came to power.
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Many of them, he said, had been arrested at their homes.
At Washington's request, the UNSC held an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the wave of protests in Iran.
She called on all of her other colleagues in the Security Council to join her in amplifying the message of the Iranian people.
Iranian pro-government supporters march during a rally after authorities declared the end of deadly unrest, in the city of Mashhad, Iran, on January 4.
Analysts say there is a chance he may use the latest unrest as a pretext to reimpose sanctions.
As the Security Council debate was underway, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif published a statement calling the hearing a foreign policy "blunder by the U.S". At that point, the elements outside of Iran including instigators based in the United States and Europe began to visible.
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