Iran protests: General declares 'sedition' defeated

  • Iran protests: General declares 'sedition' defeated

Iran protests: General declares 'sedition' defeated

Trump tweets another message to Iran: "Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government".

Turkey, which, along with the United States and Saudi Arabia, supports Syrian rebel groups, called for restraint.

The United States will "use all the information sources at our disposal to be able to get actionable information about who is doing the crackdown, who is violating human rights, who is using violence against protesters and to feed that in to our sanctions designation machinery", the official said.

The EU's condemnation of the violence, and warning against further violent repression of protesters, highlighted the awkward position of the EU, which has been a staunch defender of the Iran nuclear accord, particularly against criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump.

But until now, his administration's input has been rhetorical and diplomatic.

"The president and vice-president of the United States, in their numerous absurd tweets, incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts", the ambassador wrote to the U.N. Security Council president and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The student news agency ISNA quoted Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli as saying that "at most 42,000 people attended the protests, which is not much" in a nation of 80 million people.

"We all know that's complete nonsense", said Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations.

The protests began last week over economic concerns, reports say, but have shifted toward anti-government demonstrations focused on Iran's clerical rulers.

As unrest spread across Iran, mainly in smaller cities and towns, protesters said they were exhausted of official anti-Western rhetoric and it was time for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the government of President Hassan Rouhani to quit.

The recent opposition by the Iranian people to these living conditions appears to be spreading.

"We are looking at something different, we are looking at something new that we have not seen in Iran since the Islamic Revolution, so the last 40 years", a senior administration official said.

The officials also said internet suppression by Iranian authorities made it hard for protesters to publish their videos, with an upload sometimes taking the entire day.

The demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have seen five days of unrest across the country and a death toll of at least 22 with the slaying of a police officer announced late Monday local time.

He abandoned his predecessor Barack Obama's diplomatic overtures and embraced allies in Israel and Saudi Arabia who are keen to confront Iran's growing regional power.

But he must soon decide whether to extend sanctions relief.

Unlike the Obama administration's response to that movement, which stood largely silent amid those protests, the Trump administration is openly supporting pro-democracy demonstrations.

President Trump's tweets on the ongoing Iran protests were immediate, have been daily and are likely to grow and transform into real change for Iranians. "Peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression are fundamental rights that apply to every country, and Iran is no exception", Mogherini said in her statement.