Zarif blasts Trump's hypocritical approach towards Iranians

Zarif blasts Trump's hypocritical approach towards Iranians

Zarif blasts Trump's hypocritical approach towards Iranians

State TV described the rallies as a "response to rioters and supporters of the riots".

The rallies are meant to be a show of force against anti-government protests that broke out in Mashhad, Iran's second largest city, on December 28 and have since spread to several other cities and towns. Some other U.S. officials including Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley also made remarks to fuel riots.In an article in the Washington Post on January 3, Pence wrote, "Today, the Iranian people are once again rising up to demand freedom and opportunity, and under President Trump, the United States is standing with them". The demonstrations initially responded to price hikes and economic ills, but later turned against the political establishment causing violent incidents that resulted in at least 22 deaths and hundreds of arrests.

Tehran's foreign minister called out the United States government for raising a domestic issue before the worldwide body.

Lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi said that around 90 university students - 58 of them in the capital Tehran - have been detained since protests broke out, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported Saturday.


Some of those detained, he said, had not participated in protests and for unclear reasons were arrested at home. Twitter and Facebook were already banned.

Trump posted a comment on his Twitter account on Wednesday, expressing his "respect" for the Iranians participating in protests in some cities of the country, claiming that the United States will provide "great support" to them "at the appropriate time". The U.S. called the United Nations meeting on Friday, portraying the protests as a human rights issue that could spill over into an global problem.

Following recent unrests in certain parts of Iran, US Representative to the UN Nikki Haley in a speech to reporters at the UN headquarters on January 2 accused Iran of violating human rights and freedom of expression and said Washington was after sessions on Iran by UNSC in NY and UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Saudi Arabia and Daesh Takfiri terrorist group (IS) are "eternal bedfellows" and both are following US President Donald Trump's lead.

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