Iran protests: US President Donald Trump denounces 'brutal and corrupt' Iranian regime

The US president commented on the five-day protests by the people of the Islamic regime, which are the largest demonstrations in the country since 2009.

Published: 02nd January 2018 05:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd January 2018 07:35 PM   |  A+A-

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WASHINTON: President Donald Trump praised Iranian protesters Tuesday for acting against Tehran's "brutal and corrupt" regime after days of unrest that have seen 21 people killed and hundreds arrested.

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"The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime," Trump tweeted, a day after calling for regime change in the Islamic republic.

"All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their 'pockets.' The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The US is watching!"

The comments were Trump's latest criticism of, and hint of a possible US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- that was a signature foreign policy achievement of the Obama administration.

Trump has been vocal on Twitter about the protests in Iran since they erupted last week.

On Monday, he said it was "time for change" in Iran and that the country's people were "hungry" for freedom.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has hit back at Trump's comments, saying the US leader -- whose "whole being is against the nation of Iran -- has "no right" to sympathize with protesters.

Protests began in Iran's second largest city Mashhad and quickly spread to become the biggest challenge to the Islamic regime since mass demonstrations in 2009.

Iranian officials have said online accounts in the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia are fomenting protests, which Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed on the country's "enemies."



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