Trump Calls On Tehran To Respect Iranian People’s Right To Express Themselves; Iran Foreign Minister Responds With A Rebuke

Pro-Iranian government protestors gather on Saturday in Iran

Late on Friday, President Trump called on the Iranian government to respect people’s right and their right to express themselves in a tweet which follows a wave of economic protests and arrests in major Iranian cities that erupted against the government in Tehran after high inflation and rising prices emerged in recent days for basic commodities.

Iran’s inflation rate currently stands over 10 percent and their unemployment rate during the 2nd quarter of 2017 was 12.60 percent.

On December 29th, President Trump called on government leaders in Tehran to respect people’s right and tweeted  that Iranian citizens are fed up with the regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad.

Trump tweeted, “Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with the regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!”

Government leaders in Tehran have been accused of funneling Iranian money to extend Shia influence across the Middle East in areas such as Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and Yemen.

After facing international sanctions over their nuclear program, a 2015 nuclear was reached between Iran and 5 world powers, plus the European Union, and over $100 billion in sanctioned money, largely from their oil industry, was unfrozen.

It remains unclear how much of that Iranian unfrozen sanctioned money is actually being used to support the Iranian people and the economy.

President Trump tweeted a 2nd tweet on Saturday about Iran and stated, “The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most. Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. The world is watching.”

The Iranian Foreign Ministry responded on Saturday by condemning President Trump’s “meddlesome remarks” and a spokesman from Iran’s Foreign Ministry has strongly denounced the U.S. officials “interventionist” and “cheap” remarks about the recent developments in Iran.

In a statement on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Bahram Qassemi condemned the “cheap, worthless, and invalid” comments recently made by U.S. President Trump and the U.S. State Department.

“The Iranian people pay no heed to the opportunistic claims of American officials, particularly President Trump” Foreign Minister Qassemi said before accusing President Trump of violating the human rights of Palestinian, Yemeni, and Bahraini people.

Iranian Foreign Minister Qassemi also claimed that Iran’s constitution provides the democratic framework for their citizens’ demands.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Constitution has provided democratic frameworks for legal support of people’s civil demands, and it is totally possible to pursue such demands within the framework of law”  Foreign Minister Qassemi said.

In a statement on Friday that was tweeted on Twitter, the U.S. State Department criticized Tehran after reports of peaceful protestors being arrested on the streets in Iran.

The statement from the U.S. State Department also stated that they “urge all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption.”

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