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Iran says Donald Trump’s ‘absurd tweets’ have incited disruption

The Iranian ambassador has written to the UN complaining that US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are personally stirring up trouble and inciting Iranians.

world Updated: Jan 04, 2018 17:25 IST
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Protesters in Paris on Wednesday hold placards as they stand behind a portrait of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a demonstration in support of the Iranian people amid a wave of protests spreading throughout the country. (AFP)

Iran on Thursday charged that the US “has crossed every limit” in international relations by expressing support for Iran’s anti-government protesters and said President Donald Trump’s “absurd tweets” have encouraged disruption.

In a letter to UN officials, Iranian ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo complained that Washington was intervening “in a grotesque way in Iran’s internal affairs”.

He said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were personally stirring up trouble.

“The President and Vice-President of the United States, in their numerous absurd tweets, incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts,” the ambassador wrote to the UN Security Council president and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The US didn’t immediately respond to the letter, which maintains that Washington “has crossed every limit in flouting rules and principles of international law governing the civilised conduct of international relations”.

At least 21 people have been killed and hundreds arrested in Iran during a week of anti-government protests and unrest over economic woes and official corruption. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people took part in counter-demonstrations on Wednesday backing the clerically overseen government, which has said “enemies of Iran” are fomenting the protests.

Trump has unleashed a series of tweets in recent days backing the protesters, saying Iran is “failing at every level” and declaring that it is “time for change” in the Islamic Republic.

“Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government,” he tweeted yesterday. “You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”

Trump’s UN envoy, Ambassador Nikki Haley, called Tuesday for an emergency Security Council meeting on Iran, saying the UN needed to speak out in support of the protesters.

First Published: Jan 04, 2018 10:56 IST