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Protests in Iran sees death toll continue to grow

Protests in Iran sees death toll continue to grow

Last night, state media focused on pro-government rallies after a second night without reports of major protests.

"The Iranian people are expressing frustration, frustration about a regime that pays more attention to exporting terrorism than it does of meeting the needs of its own people", McMaster said. A judicial official said some could face the death penalty.

This time, however, the main takeaway of the protests is not clear, and neither is the outcome.

At least 21 people have been killed in the unrest surrounding the protests, which began last week over rising food prices and Iran's flagging economy before spreading to cities across almost all of Iran's provinces.

Few believe the protests pose an existential threat to the clerical elite, backed by pervasive security services, that have dominated Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that overthrew a US -backed monarchy. He added that he would address the nation about the protests "when the time is right".

The United States rejected the suggestion that the protests were the work of foreign powers.

In a letter Wednesday to United Nations officials, Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo complained that Washington was intervening "in a grotesque way in Iran's internal affairs".

"The demonstrations are completely spontaneous".

Mr. Trump's United Nations envoy, Ambassador Nikki Haley, has called for an emergency Security Council meeting on Iran, saying the United Nations needed to speak out in support of the protesters.

"We must not make that mistake again", she said.

Semi-official labour news agency ILNA said the government yesterday lifted restrictions on Instagram, one of the social media tools used to mobilise protesters.

The U.S. State Department urged Tehran to restore access to any social media sites that had been restricted and urged Iranian security forces to exercise restraint.

The president has repeatedly issued tweets of support, noting that "The U.S.is watching".

"These hard-earned rights will be protected, and infiltrators will not be allowed to sabotage them through violence and destruction", Zarif tweeted.

The French leader called for maintaining balance.

Peek's comments come as the president and high-level officials in the Trump administration voice support for protesters in Iran.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

Thousands took part in pro-government ral lies in Iran as the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps declared an end to the anti-establishment unrest that left about 20 people dead over the past week. The sanctions would be in response to any human-rights violations. "But if we break off all dialogue with Tehran, we risk engaging in a conflict of extreme brutality", he said.

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The demonstrations against President Hassan Rouhani's government spread to dozens of other cities, including Qom, Isfahan, Zahedan and Tehran.

Despite a billion dollars released to Iran by the United States, inflation is worsening and unemployment remains high among young people.

Government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said both protesters and the security forces should follow the law.

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