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A student attends a protest in Tehran, Iran.
A student attends a protest in Tehran, Iran.

On the Continuing Protests in Iran

The United States continues to monitor closely the protests and violence in Iran.  This week, Vice President Mike Pence affirmed the United States’ support for the people of Iran in his Washington Post opinion piece and during an interview with Greta van Susteren.  The Vice President said, “We stand with the proud people of Iran because it is right, and because the regime in Tehran threatens the peace and security of the world.”

During an interview with Elise Labott of CNN on January 5, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said, “…the Iranian people have suffered under this regime. Very little good has happened for the Iranian people. Ever since this regime has taken power, they have suffered under economic sanctions because of this regime’s destabilizing activities in the region.”  The Secretary continued, “We are supportive of the Iranian people achieving their aspirations for a better quality of life, for greater freedom. We believe they deserve that.”

On January 5, the United States called for an emergency UN Security Council Briefing on Iran, at which U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, “…What has happened on the ground throughout the nation of Iran is something the world must take note of. It is a spontaneous expression of fundamental human rights. The Iranian people are rising up in over 79 locations throughout the country. It is a powerful exhibition of brave people who have become so fed up with their oppressive government that they’re willing to risk their lives in protest.”

Ambassador Haley concluded, “…We will not only hear their cry, we will finally answer it. The Iranian regime is now on notice. The world will be watching what you do.”

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