Iran’s top diplomat: Trump has ‘odd way’ of showing respect for Iranians

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized US President Donald Trump on Thursday after the American leader claimed to have “such respect for the people of Iran.” Zarif said that Trump has “an odd way of showing ‘such respect’ for Iranians: from labeling them a ‘terrorist nation’ & banning them from visiting the US, to petty insults on the name of the Persian Gulf.”
Mohammad Javad Zarif Photo Credit: EPA

Iran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed US President Donald Trump, who has been voicing support on Twitter for the anti-government protests across Iran. In his latest tweet about the protests, Trump wrote: “Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”

Zarif responded on Thursday to the tweet, questioning Trump’s “respect” for the Iranians and implying that he has only made their economic situation worse. “Trump has an odd way of showing ‘such respect’ for Iranians: from labeling them a ‘terrorist nation’ & banning them from visiting the US, to petty insults on the name of the Persian Gulf. But best of all, ‘helping them’ by depriving them of the economic dividends from the #JCPOA,” he wrote.

The protests began on Friday in Mashhad, the country’s second most populated city. In the first six days of the protest, at least 21 people were killed. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley praised the protesters on Tuesday. Haley added that Washington is pushing for a series of emergency meetings with UN agencies, such as the Security Council and Human Rights Council, regarding Iran.

Haley also slammed the Iranian leaders’ attempts to blame the protests on external forces. “We all know that’s complete nonsense,” she said. “The demonstrations are completely spontaneous. They are virtually in every city in Iran. This is the precise picture of a long-oppressed people’s rising up against their dictators.”



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