Meanwhile, state TV showed footage of pro-government rallies in cities, including Tabriz and Kerman.
On Dec. 28, thousands of people took to the streets in Iran's northeastern cities of Mashhad and Kashmar to protest rising inflation, unemployment and perceived government mismanagement. For a resistance to succeed, it may need to convince powerful people in these spheres that the regime is corrupt, immoral or incompetent.
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, argued that the Iranian protests - first against and later for authorities in Tehran - could escalate into a full-blown conflict, drawing parallels with Syria.
All 15 members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) stressed on the importance of peace and stability in Iran and also relieving tensions in the Middle East, Kazakh envoy said. U.S. President Donald Trump should have taken this approach instead of barging in on a domestic dispute on the other side of the planet.
"People are still in the streets".
Information for this article was contributed by Jennifer Peltz and Nasser Karimi of The Associated Press; and by Kambiz Foroohar of Bloomberg News. The CIA declined to comment.
"Those in power should know that violent confrontation with demonstrators will have more negative consequences and that problems must be resolved through constructive dialogue between the government and demonstrators".
China also described the meeting as meddling in Iran's affairs, while Ethiopia, Kuwait and Sweden expressed reservations about the discussion. This is a mistake by the Security Council, he said.
Half of Iran's population is 31 or younger.
The State Department also said it would not stand by idly. Even so, the people of Iran continue to express their distrust with the government, in hopes of living in a better and brighter world for themselves and their families to come. Authorities have said the protests are waning. In November, Yeganeh Rezaian, the wife of formerly imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, wrote an article about the movement's traction in Iran.
The regulator, known as Ofcom, said Friday the letter is being carefully evaluated.
On Saturday, Iranians were able to access the photo-sharing site Instagram again after it was blocked for the past week. As well as Paris, London and Stockholm, several hundred held a rally in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, with Iranian flags, drums and banners, calling for a change in their country's government.
Social freedom is irreconcilable with Iranian theocracy. Unfortunately, it has only deteriorated, with food and fuel prices spiraling out of control. The president and I call on leaders of freedom-loving nations across the world to condemn Iran's unelected dictators and defend the Iranian people's unalienable right to chart their own future and determine their own destiny.
After Desert Storm in 1991, George H.W. Bush urged Iraqis to rise up against Saddam Hussein. 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".
The mass Iranian protests sweeping the country have continued for almost two consecutive weeks.
State media has reported that, despite the statement, the IRGC is continuing to deploy security forces in different parts of the country.
"We don't want to give them any ammunition for what they're saying". Time will take care of them, too. "We shouldn't make the United States the issue here".