Trump's Support for the Iranian Protests

Trump's Slams Iran About Human Rights, But Spares Allies

The U.S. Treasury Department announced the sanctions on Thursday in retaliation for the government's ongoing deadly crackdown against protesters, which has killed at least twelve Iranian citizens.

Many observers are asking why protesters chose this period to demonstrate.

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo slammed the US government's attempts to intervene in the domestic affairs of the Islamic Republic, Tasnim news agency reported Thursday. "The world will be watching what you do", Haley told a meeting of the UN Security Council.

He discussed the cancellation of the visit of the french foreign minister to Tehran during the previous week and said "this is unacceptable that a country has the largest number of economic agreements with Iran on paper, but adopts political and security policies that are totally against our country".

"We will not be quiet", she told the meeting.

"We warn the U.S. against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran", Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the state news agency Tass on Thursday.

"The Iranian regime stands for a lot of things that I disagree with, that I find abhorrent".

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Members of the United Nations Security Council vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea on December 22, 2017, in New York City.

Observing that the Council's primary responsibility is maintaining worldwide peace and security, Wu Haito of China said that it should not be the venue for discussing the human rights situation of any country. "We must be wary of any attempts to exploit this crisis for personal ends, which would have the diametrically opposed outcome to that which is wished". Trump expressed "such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government" and pledged "great support from the United States".

"This is nothing but another desperate attempt by the United States administration to escape, as it has lost every shred of moral, political and legal authority and credibility in the eyes of the whole world", he said.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly tweeted praise for the protesters, infuriating Iranian officials.

Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for remaining silent about protests in Iran against the government, while his Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry claimed it was unclear who has "the white hats". He also has described Iran as "failing at every level" and declared it is "TIME FOR CHANGE!"

He said the administration of President Donald Trump, in "numerous absurd tweets, had incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts" which violated worldwide law.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pointed to Mr. Trump's own previous comments voicing support for the Iranian people, saying the United States of America leader had an "odd way of showing "such respect" for Iranians". The days of pro-government rallies drew crowds in the tens of thousands.

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