The Islamic revolutionary guards corps claims that the recent unrest in Iran has been instigated from outside
The Director of the CIA Mike Pompeo said Sunday that President trump support of the Iranians protesting against their government, and would like to have had the opportunity to Express their opinions.
“This is a very real problem,” said Pompeo, speaking on Fox News channel.
Earlier on Sunday, the Iranian Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) said that the Iranian nation and the country’s intelligence agencies played a role in ending the recent unrest, which, in the opinion of IRGC, was inspired by foreign enemies.
“New epic events with the participation of proud, conscientious, pious… Iranians, as well as significant participation of tens of thousands of volunteers from the forces of “Basij” in the pacification of the protests, the sincere efforts of the brothers from the security forces and the Ministry of intelligence broke the chains forged by America, Britain, the Zionist regime (Israel), Saudi Royal family, the hypocrites, (prohibited organization “Mojahedin-e Hulk”) and royalists, and destroyed damage (coming from) the new rebellion”, – reads the statement of the IRGC.
The Iranian Parliament on Sunday held a special meeting to discuss anti-government protests that began on 28 December and continued the following week.
The Iranian news Agency ISNA reported that the meeting was attended by the Minister of internal Affairs of Iran, the head of the intelligence and security Council. On the agenda was a discussion of the root causes of protests and legal assistance to the demonstrators, who were in prison.
According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the meeting was convened at the initiative of legislators reformists. In his message, they called for the provision of legal assistance to the detainees and condemned any foreign intervention in protests, highlighting the United States.
The US President Donald trump will soon have to decide on the expediency of restoration of sanctions against Iran, which was suspended in accordance with the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, concluded in 2015. In accordance with us law, such a decision should be taken every 120 days.
European supporters of anti-government demonstrators in Iran are going to support them in the Hague, Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, London and Paris.
As a result of the protests, at least 22 people were killed and thousands were arrested.
Government spokesman Mansour Gholami, told reporters that around a quarter of those arrested were released, but the exact number he said.
The UN Security Council on Friday held an extraordinary session on the initiative of the United States.
US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley has called the protests “a powerful manifestation of courageous people who are so tired of a tyrannical government that is willing to risk their lives by participating in protests.”
She also appealed to the Iranian government, stating: “the United States are watching your actions”.
Us intelligence officials warn that Iran is at a crossroads, noting that the protests were the largest manifestation of public discontent in 2009, when Iranians took to the streets after the disputed presidential election.
“Protests attest to the long-standing grievances that were festering,” said the “Voice of America” the intelligence official on condition of anonymity.
“What is clear is that these concerns have not disappeared”, he added.