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Iran Unrest: Trump says “It’s time for change”

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Trump says Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom and it is time for change. Meanwhile, Russia says any external interference in the situation is unacceptable….reports Asian Lite News

“Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration,” Trump said in a tweet. (File Photo: IANS)

US President Donald Trump has said it is time for change in Iran following anti-government protests that have left at least 12 people dead.

“Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration,” Trump said on in a tweet.

“The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted,” he added. “TIME FOR CHANGE!”

Lawmakers and former government officials have praised Trump for his approach to the protests in Iran.

The President has tweeted several times about the protests in recent days.

“The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism,” Trump said on Sunday.

“Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”

Iran’s government, however, had slammed Trump on Saturday for tweeting his support for Iranian protesters, calling a tweet in support of protesters “deceitful”.

The protests were initially focused last week on high food prices, corruption and the cost of Iran’s participation in the Syrian and Yemeni wars. However, slogans have become more specifically anti-clerical as the demonstrations have progressed, calling for an end to theocratic rule.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected comments by Iran President Hassan Rouhani, who blamed Israel for standing behind the anti-government protests in Iran.

Netanyahu’s remarks on Monday followed comments by Rouhani, who on Sunday accused the US and its two close allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia, of fuelling the recent unrest in Iran.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said Moscow hopes the ongoing mass protests in Iran will not develop into severe violence and that any external interference in the situation is unacceptable. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz/IANS)

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said Moscow hopes the ongoing mass protests in Iran will not develop into severe violence and that any external interference in the situation is unacceptable.

“It is Iran’s internal affairs. We hope that the situation would not develop under the scenario of violence and bloodshed,” Xinhua reported, citing the Russian media which quoted the ministry’s spokesperson as saying.

External interference destabilizing the situation is inadmissible, the ministry said on Monday.

At least 12 people have been killed in recent rallies across Iran in protest against the regime of President Hassan Rouhani.

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