Iran Blames Saudi Arabia, US, For Anti-Government Protests

Iran Blames Saudi Arabia, US, For Anti-Government Protests

Iran Blames Saudi Arabia, US, For Anti-Government Protests

"The tone of recent comments by the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia on the wave of demonstrations in Iran is nearly pushing us into war", Macron told journalists during his annual New Year's address at the Elysee Palace.

About the recent unrests in Iran, Shamkhani said they happened due to the people's dissatisfaction over the economic situation.

In a speech to foreign diplomats, Macron said that "today there is a crisis in Iran".

The U.S president weighed into the current wave of protest gripping Iran, tweeting his support for the demonstrators and heavily criticising the government.

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

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On Thursday, Iran's prosecutor general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, directly named a Central Intelligence Agency official as the "main designer" of the protests. Hundreds have been arrested, social media apps have been blocked and pro-government rallies have quickly followed.

A scheduled visit by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Tehran on Friday has been postponed to a later date.

Macron spoke by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday evening.

"Breaking all contact would lead to the risk of strengthening the extremists", Macron said Wednesday evening, speaking to reporters in Paris after a New Year's greetings to the press.

France, he said, wanted to maintain some balance.

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