Students 'among more than 1000 arrested — Iran protests

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However, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned during a UN Security Council meeting on Friday that Iran has been put on notice that the world is watching how Tehran handles the ongoing anti-government protests.

After the Iron Curtain fell, it became known that it was the forthright words of support expressed forthrightly and persistently by the leaders of the western world that gave the people of eastern Europe the courage to persevere against their political masters.

U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his administration have praised the anti-government demonstrators as people standing up to a repressive and corrupt regime that is trying to silence them.

"If we are not careful, we will end up surreptitiously rebuilding an 'axis of evil'", Mr Macron added, referring to a comment by former US president George W. Bush, who used the term to describe the 'rogue' regimes of Iran, Iraq and North Korea.

"Our efforts at the university are aimed at co-operating with the relevant authorities to create the conditions for the return of the detained students to the university and their families in the shortest possible time", Majid Sarsangi told the Iranian Students' News Agency.

Most protests have been in provincial cities and towns where participants are largely from the unemployed working class and where hundreds rather than tens of thousands come out at night to voice the concerns of the millions of provincials who are angry over years of neglect and a lack of investment in basic services, roads, and schools. Iran has seen its largest anti-government protests since the disputed presidential election in 2009, with thousands taking to the streets in several cities in recent days.

Analysts point to the fact that US sanctions on financial transactions with Iran have remained in place, which has deterred foreign companies from doing business there. "Another FP blunder for the Trump administration", he tweeted. The number of cities hosting protests has also reportedly decreased. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I recognized the lack of action for what it was: an abdication of American leadership.

The authorities have produced no evidence of any U.S. role in the demonstrations, which have lacked a unifying leader.

Hardline cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami's suggested the government should soothe unrest by creating its own social media platforms, claiming that "cyberspace was kindling the fire of the battle". But such weapons are far less dangerous in the hands of democratic governments. On Thursday, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned five Iran-based entities related to a key elements of Iran's ballistic missile program, which U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Iranian regime "prioritizes over the economic well-being of the Iranian people". But Haley called on the Security Council to "amplify the message of the Iranian people".

The United Nations Security Council meets on the situation in Iran, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. The process of change has already begun.

"Today we can announce the end of the sedition", Jafari said, quoted on the Guards' website.

So what should America do, or not do, to support the protests - or at least, to help avert a bloody crackdown? More than 4,000 were arrested and between 36-72 were killed as the international community roared its opposition to the regime.

Mike Pence is vice president of the United States.

Khatami also called on the government to "pay more attention to people's economic problems". A week ago, that might have been Rouhani, but he seems to have lost his chance.

"The Iranian situation does not pose any threat to international peace or security nor is it on the agenda of the Security Council".

Trump must decide next week whether to continue waiving nuclear-related sanctions suspended under the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Videos on social media in the past few days showed relatives of detainees gathering outside prisons seeking information about the fate of their loved ones.

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