Iran has denounced US President Donald Trump’s “insulting” tweets about the recent protests against economic conditions in a number of Iranian cities, urging him to avoid interfering in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs.
“Trump’s completely paradoxical and garbled stance against the Iranian people is not a new issue,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Tuesday.
He added that just recently the US president labeled the Iranians a terrorist nation and stirred their feelings by using a fake name for the Persian Gulf.
Trump is using offensive words in addressing the Iranian people with a rich and influential culture and civilization under the pretext of expressing his sympathy with them, he said.
“Instead of wasting his time on posting useless and insulting tweets about other nations and countries, Trump had better address his country’s domestic affairs and issues such as the daily killings of dozens of people in armed clashes and shootings in various US states as well as the existence of millions of homeless and hungry [people] in his own country,” the Iranian spokesperson pointed out.
Since Thursday, groups of Iranian protesters have staged demonstrations in several cities to voice their anger over rising prices and economic conditions. Sporadic violence has erupted during the protests, causing a number of casualties.
Trump posted several tweets to express his support for protests in Iran. In his latest tweet on Tuesday, the US president said, “The [Iranian] people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The US is watching!”
n a post on his official Twitter account on Monday, Iran’s Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad blasted the US president for using his Twitter page to post insult after insult against the Iranian nation, urging him to concentrate on his own people’s woes rather than interfering in other countries’ affairs.
Trump had tweeted earlier in the day that Iranian people “are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!”
Hours later, Baeidinejad said that after insulting Iranians by calling them “terrorists,” the US President has now described them as “hungry.”
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said in a statement on Monday it has identified and arrested some of the agents behind the recent riots.