Macron Urges EU to Stress Iran Human Rights, Keep Nuclear Accord

"They [the Saudis] have blatantly said that we will create problems in Tehran", he said.

I endorse Sadjadpour's suggestions - including careful U.S. statements of solidarity that support peaceful demonstrations and helping Iranians get the technology to circumvent regime internet blackouts. The protests began in the conservative cities of Mashhad and Qum, which are home to mullahs, seminaries and an enormous amount of religious propaganda.

Khamenei has been a principal target of the anti-government demonstrators, who have torn down posters bearing his portrait and demanded his removal from power.

The French president said that it is important to maintain "permanent dialog" with Tehran to keep the balance in relations with the Islamic Republic while seeking ways to "increase international pressure" on Iran. "The enemy is always looking for an opportunity & any crevice to infiltrate &strike the Iranian nation".

The president initially posted a tweet that described Iran as a "corrupt and poorly run country", but then deleted the tweet, changing his statement to "corrupt government", as opposed to the country as a whole.

The idea was to obtain information and "to feed that into our sanctions designation machinery", noting that the Trump administration already had robust authority to target individuals or organizations for human rights abuses, censorship or for preventing the free assembly of protesters. The Saudis have tried with little success to stem Iran's spreading influence and accuse it of backing Shiite rebels in Yemen, including supplying them with missiles fired at the kingdom. When a major earthquake shook the province of Kurdistan five weeks ago, chaos reigned and all help came too late. "They do so shamelessly", Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, quoted by Interfax news agency.

Asked about those sanctions, the U.S. official said no decision had been reached. For the hardliners, integration into the global economy is a trap that could unleash liberalizing forces that would overwhelm their regime and threaten their divine experiment.

"When this regime finally falls, and one day it will, Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again". At least 36 people were killed, according to an official toll, while the opposition says 72 died.

In the absence of a proper banking system and amid galloping inflation, many Iranians have put their savings in credit institutions tied to these bodies.

There is no guarantee that warning will be heeded. There is nothing like losing your savings to make people rail against injustice. Until that point, all were victims of the police, which is under the control of the Ministry of the Interior. In September 1978, he flew by helicopter over the capital, to see about half a million people denouncing him in the streets. But he did not see a popular revolution. In two weeks, he could kill the nuclear deal by deciding to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

But Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born lecturer on Iranian affairs at the Interdisciplinary Center, an Israeli college, said he thought the impact is minimal.

The protests have surprised Iran's establishment, which has been slow to respond.

None of that, however, means the country's anger has been soothed.

Moscow criticized Washington for calling the UN Security Council meeting. What is going on in the theocracy? The government suggested that foreign powers were behind the protests and promoted loyalist counter-demonstrations. "A lot of the kids in the smaller cities have gotten a taste for a better life through social media", Mojtaba, a 33-year-old in Tehran, told CNN.

Among the working class, the rate of short-term and irregular employment tops 90 percent, writes Khosravi.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini late Tuesday deplored "the unacceptable loss of human lives" and called on "all concerned to refrain from violence".

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