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.
America's antagonists on the Security Council had harsh words for why the session was even called, arguing the issue is not one of worldwide security, but rather domestic politics. "Let Iran deal with its own problems".
US Ambassador Nikki Haley argued that the unrest could escalate into full-blown conflict and drew a comparison with Syria.
There is a long history of USA bullying at the UN, and the case of the Iranian protest was a preposterous example of interference in the purely internal affairs of a nation.
Russian Federation and France had similarly argued that it was too soon to discuss the issue at the United Nations in NY.
"We must respond appropriately, that is, with all the vigilance required by the risks of violence against peaceful demonstrators, while avoiding any manipulation of this crisis, which would only reinforce the extremes and thus have the opposite of the effect we are seeking".
Official reports said that more than 22 people were killed in the unrest which begun in Iran last week.
Protests that shook Iran were not just aimed at the economy, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, remarks suggesting the real targets were powerful conservatives opposed to his plans to expand individual freedoms at home and promote detente overseas.
Khatami was speaking before pro-government demonstrations followed Friday prayers in Tehran and several other cities, including Tabriz and Kerman. Something that of course will only see to further anger not only protesters but the government in Tehran too.
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The U.S. called on Tuesday for such a session, but council members could insist on a vote before taking up the topic, and it would take nine of the 15 votes to go forward.
"As the demonstrations intensified, some became violent", he said, but noted that the United Nations has a very limited presence in Iran and could neither confirm nor deny the extent of the violence.
Moscow said the Iranian protests are not an worldwide peace and security matter.
The Trump administration has denied having any hand in the demonstrations, saying they arose completely spontaneously. The CIA declined to comment.
"Human rights are not the gift of governments, they are the inalienable rights of the people themselves", Haley said. He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!"
Mr Trump has also repeatedly threatened to decertify the landmark worldwide deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme, a move which could cause the 2015 accord to unravel and that has been bitterly criticised by other signatories, including France. Trump said Tehran was getting disproportionate benefits, considering its concessions.
While the talks involving the White House, the State Department and Congress wouldn't increase restrictions on Iran's nuclear activity, as Trump also wants, they could strengthen the way the US enforces the agreement, perhaps convincing Trump that it's worthwhile for the U.S.to stay in it.