Pro-government rallies in Iran

Thousands of government supporters have staged rallies in Iran for a fourth day, in a backlash against widespread protests that the clerical establishment has blamed on the country's enemies.

Saturday's show of support came a day after Iran's foreign minister said a United Nations Security Council meeting called by the United States to discuss the protests had proved a "blunder" by the administration of US President Donald Trump.

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".

More than a week of unrest has seen 22 people die and more than 1,000 arrested, according to Iranian officials, in the biggest anti-government protests for nearly a decade.

A United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss the protests turned into criticism of the United States for requesting to meet on what some member states said was an internal issue for Iran.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: "The UNSC rebuffed the US's naked attempt to hijack its mandate... Another [foreign policy] blunder for the Trump administration."

Reuters