‘US is watching!’: Trump warns Iran amid crackdown on protests
Writing on Twitter, the US president also criticized the Iran Deal, an agreement struck by his predecessor, Barack Obama, in which sanctions were lifted against the Islamic Republic in exchange for a guarantee not to pursue the development of a nuclear weapon.
The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. 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 U.S. is watching!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
Trump’s latest tweet follows a series of other missives over the New-Year period in which he labelled Iran the “Number One State of Sponsored Terror.” He also condemned the restriction of mobile access to social-media platforms like Instagram and Telegram.
U.N., Europe Silent on Iran Uprising; Trump, Netanyahu Voice Support for Protests
U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered enthusiastic support for the Iranian people in their demonstrations against both the secular and religious governments of their country over the New Year’s weekend, while the United Nations and European leaders have remained conspicuously silent.
Netanyahu wished the Iranian people “success in their noble quest for freedom” and responded strongly to the Iranian regime’s accusations that Israel is somehow behind the uprising:
The Iranian regime tries desperately to sow hate between Iranians and Israelis. They won't succeed. When this regime finally falls – and one day it will – Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again. I wish the Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom. pic.twitter.com/kk8wTYmhnz
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 1, 2018
“It’s not only false, it’s laughable,” Netanyahu said of the Iranian regime’s conspiracy theory. “Unlike Rouhani, I will not insult the Iranian people. They deserve better. Brave Iranians are pouring into the streets. They seek freedom. They seek justice. They seek the basic liberties that have been denied to them for decades.”
“Iran’s cruel regime wastes tens of billions of dollars spreading hate,” Netanyahu continued. “This money could have built schools and hospitals. No wonder mothers and fathers are marching in the streets. The regime is terrified of them, of their own people. That’s why they jail students. That’s why they ban social media.”