Iran responded to the US support of the anti-government protests in the country, calling US President Donald Trump’s statements “opportunistic” and “cheap” in an official statement on Saturday. The statement also claimed that the US is in no position to criticize Iran and accused it of human right violations.

Hassan Rouhani

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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in an official statement on the ministry’s website on Saturday that Iranians “pay no heed” to claims made by the US officials supporting the protests in the country.  Iran called the support “opportunistic,” “deceitful,” and “cheap.”

The Foreign Ministry’s statement claimed that the regime provides legal “democratic frameworks” to support its people’s demands. It also said the US is not in a position to criticize Iran and accused it of human right violations in the Middle East.

As previously reported by JOL, Trump addressed the ongoing protests in Iran in a post on his Twitter account on Friday night. “Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad,” the president wrote. “Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!”

The protests in Iran, which reportedly continued Saturday in a third day of rallies, are said to be the most significant the country has experienced since 2009, when the pro-reform protests shook the country. On Friday, at least 50 people were reportedly arrested in Iran’s second-largest city Mashhad and several in the capital.