December 31, The Iran Project – US President Donald Trump in meddling remarks posted on his Twitter on Friday (Dec. 29) backed protests in some cities in Iran over price hikes and unauthorized credit institutions.
Trump’s move were strongly condemned by several Iranian officials including Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi, Senior adviser to the Iranian Parliament Speaker for international affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian and the spokesperson for the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naqavi Hosseini.
Qasemi on Saturday (Dec. 30) strongly denoinced the recent allegations made by the US government against Iran.
“The noble Iranian nation never pays heed to the opportunist and hypocritical mottos chanted by the US officials and their interfering allegations on domestic developments in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Qasemi said.
He stated that the Iranian people are the biggest supporters of the country’s security and developments and their massive presence in the country’s election prove their active role in determining their fate.
Amir Abdollahian also in a message posted on his official Twitter account said that: ” “Mr. Trump don’t get excited. People’s economic demands are different to rioters. Iranians prefer national security & religious democracy as practiced by Islamic system over WH’s terrorist & deceptive policies.”
Meanwhile, Naqavi Hosseini noted the people of the country would wisely respond to US and Saudi moves to back protests in Iran against high prices, adding that,” The Americans have imposed extensive sanctions to put the Iranian people under economic pressures….”
“How can it (the US government) now claim to be defending the demands of the Iranian people?” he wondered.
Some cities in Iran have been scenes of demonstrations in the past days after prices of several staples rose by up to 40 percent.
During the rallies, people called on the government to help control rising food prices and inflation, but some opportunists attempted to turn the situation ugly and materialize their vested interest at the cost of social security.
Also, Prominent Iranian cleric Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani urged the country’s officials to serve the nation and said the religious leadership supports the people’s legitimate demands.