TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – US President Donald Trump once again made insulting comments against the Iranian nation, saying they are “hungry for food and freedom”.
“Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!,” Trump said on Monday in his third tweet on the recent protests in parts of Iran against high prices.
Some cities in Iran have been scenes of peaceful demonstrations in the past days after prices of several staples rose by up to 40 percent.
In another tweet on Sunday, the US president backed a small group of foreign-induced rioters that have tried to hijack the peaceful protests in the country, saying, “Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”
In response, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at his US counterpart for commenting on the protests, saying the man who already called the Iranian people terrorists, as well as certain Arab regimes working against Iran, have no right to sympathize with the nation.
Rouhani began his second term in office in August, with the country’s economic issues high on his agenda.
His administration has managed to reduce the inflation rate, but it still faces many economic challenges.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has said economic issues were the country’s top priority, urging Iranian officials to make relentless efforts to solve problems facing the people, including unemployment among the youth.