Iran has accused the US of ‘crossing every limit’ in international relations after Donald Trump tweeted his support for anti-government protests.
In a letter to UN officials, Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo complained that Washington was intervening ‘in a grotesque way in Iran’s internal affairs’.
He said the president’s ‘absurd tweets’ have encouraged disruption, saying he was personally stirring up trouble, along with Vice President Mike Pence who also tweeted in support of the protesters.
‘The President and Vice-President of the United States, in their numerous absurd tweets, incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts,’ the ambassador wrote.
The US did not immediately respond to the letter, which maintains that Washington ‘has crossed every limit in flouting rules and principles of international law governing the civilised conduct of international relations’.
Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
At least 21 people have been killed and hundreds arrested in Iran during a week of anti-government protests and unrest over economic woes and official corruption.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people took part in counter-demonstrations on Wednesday backing the government, which has said ‘enemies of Iran’ are encouraging the protests.
Trump has unleashed a series of tweets in recent days backing the protesters, saying Iran is ‘failing at every level’ and declaring that it is ‘time for change’ in the Islamic Republic.
‘Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government,’ he tweeted on Wednesday. ‘You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!’
Under @POTUS Trump, the people of Iran are not alone. The American people stand with them. And if they will just continue to show the courage of their convictions and reach out and embrace a free and democratic future, America and the world will be with them. #IranProtestspic.twitter.com/RmtM8QgRlY
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 3, 2018
Mr Trump’s UN envoy, Ambassador Nikki Haley, called on Tuesday for an emergency Security Council meeting on Iran, saying the UN needed to speak out in support of the protesters.
As yet, no meeting has been scheduled.
UN Secretary General António Guterres is following the developments in Iran with concern, deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said earlier on Wednesday.
He said he urged respect for free-expression rights and stressed that any demonstrations should be peaceful.