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Iran: US support of protesters hypocritical

Iran: US support of protesters hypocritical
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Iran’s foreign minister slammed U.S. officials for their support of protests in the country, calling them hypocritical on Sunday. 

Foreign Minister Abbas Mousavi specifically called out a tweet sent by Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo says Mideast strategy will be Trump administration policy 'until our time is complete' Trump administration pulls out of Open Skies treaty with Russia Tibetan political leader makes visit to White House for first time in six decades MORE on Saturday as protests reportedly flared across Iran.

Mousavi said Iran “knows well that such hypocrite statements are completely void of sincere sympathy,” according to the state-run news agency IRNA. 

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Pompeo retweeted a statement from July 2018 in support of "the proud Iranian people [who] are not staying silent about their government's abuses."

“As I said to the people of Iran almost a year and a half ago: The United States is with you,” Pompeo tweeted.

White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamTrumps to spend Thanksgiving at White House instead of traveling to Florida Melania Trump cancels campaign appearance over 'lingering cough' The Memo: Trump grapples with credibility gap in crisis MORE also issued a statement in support of the Iranian protests on Sunday. 

“The United States supports the Iranian people in their peaceful protests against the regime that is supposed to lead them.  We condemn the lethal force and severe communications restrictions used against demonstrators,” Grisham said. 

“Tehran has fanatically pursued nuclear weapons and missile programs, and supported terrorism, turning a proud nation into another cautionary tale of what happens when a ruling class abandons its people and embarks on a crusade for personal power and riches.”

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CNN reports some 100 banks and 57 shops have been set on fire in the protests. The network cited Mehr News, which quoted an Iranian security organization. CNN also reports that more than 1,000 protesters have been arrested, citing Fars News Agency. 

A 50 percent hike in government-set gas prices sparked protests in Iranian cities, resulting in the death of at least one person, The Associated Press reported Saturday.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE pulled the U.S. out of the Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran and reimposed sanctions, increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran.