U.S. security experts back Iran nuclear deal, as Trump faces deadlines

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"While other countries stay silent, it's important that the United States speak up loudly against this government crackdown". We should continue to look for ways to enable the information technology and social media tools that connect Iranian citizens to the world and to one another. "But people are now very much aware", Hadi said.

During the past week, we have seen worldwide demonstrations in support of the Iranian people throughout major cities including Dallas.

Demonstrators initially vented their anger over high prices and alleged corruption, but the protests took on a rare political dimension, with a growing number of people calling on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 78, to step down.

"The EU High Representative Federica Mogherini will convene a meeting with ministers of foreign affairs of E3 countries - France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, and the UK Boris Johnson - and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Thursday 11 January in Brussels", the 28-member bloc said in a statement.

"Today the people of Iran are speaking to their government, and their message is undeniable: Stop the support for terrorism; stop giving billions of our money to killers and dictators; stop taking our wealth and spending it on foreign fighters and proxy wars", Haley said. He also will face deadlines as early as January 12 to decide whether to continue temporary waivers of US sanctions on Iran, which must be put for consideration for renewal every 120 days, Politico has reported.

For if the protests are about people being denied the freedom and material goods the young enjoy in the West, the protesters are demanding what theocracies do not deliver.

Human rights activists outside of Iran told The Associated Press they weren't surprised by the figure as authorities also allegedly carried out so-called "preventative arrests" of students not involved in the protests.

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The Guard blamed the unrest on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as an exiled opposition group known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, and supporters of the monarchy that was overthrown in the 1979 Islamic Revolution. "Within a week, protests were held spontaneously in 82 cities across Iran".

"It's not just the conservatives who are constantly claiming the protests are illegal but also some reformists as well", she told CHRI, adding that the people's right to peaceful freedom of assembly is guaranteed in Iran's Constitution.

Both Rouhani and Khamenei have acknowledged the protesters' right to be heard.

Alongside high youth unemployment and inflation, many ordinary Iranians feel that the economic benefits they were promised following the US -backed nuclear deal of 2015 failed to trickle down into their pockets.

He made the remarks during a speech commemorating protests against the Shah of Iran in 1978.

"Even if there are no more protests [right now], it will explode one day", Hadi said.

The truth is that whatever our reservations with the Iranian system, it is more democratic than those of Washington's Arab allies in the region.

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