The following is an excerpt from rt.com | January 1, 2018 |
With Iran engulfed by an ongoing wave of mass protests, US President Donald Trump has jumped at the opportunity to say that Iran needs “change.” But the US leader is failing to grasp the true nature of protests, analysts told RT.
Just days before the New Year, Trump went on a Twitter spree, demonizing Iran and at the same time calling on the country to “respect the people’s rights.” He warned that “oppressive regimes” do not “endure forever,” adding that the US “is watching very closely for human rights violations” in an apparent attempt to express his support for the protesters.
His comments, which came amid mass protests that have swept the Islamic Republic since December 28, provoked angry reaction in Tehran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the US has no moral right to act as if defending the rights of Iranians because Washington itself calls them terrorists.