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“CIA” expects the continuation of protests by Iran

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) expected the continuation of protests in Iran, despite its denials, and considered the White House as an indication of “the failure of the Iranian regime,” while Germany stuck to “the refusal to exploit,” in conjunction with the invitation of the European Union Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif to Brussels to discuss those protests.

Although calm has returned to Iran since last Tuesday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the demonstrations were not over and we would continue to see the Iranian people revolt.

Bombayo denied in a television interview on Sunday night any involvement of his agency in the protest movement in Iran last week.

“This is not true,” Pompeo told Fox News, commenting on accusations by Iranian officials. “It was the Iranian people that initiated the protests and started them, and continued to demand better living conditions and to break with the religious regime they have been living in since 1979.”

The CIA director denounced the “weak” nuclear agreement signed with Iran in 2015, as American conservatives seek to draft a new law that will permanently establish the temporary restrictions set for it, which should be gradually lifted by 2025.

Iranian Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri accused Washington, Israel and Saudi Arabia of being behind the violence that has killed at least 21 people, most of them protesters since December 28.

Iranian resident in US raises thank-you note to Tramb during anti-Iranian demonstration in Los Angeles (Reuters)

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In the meantime, US President Donald Trump yesterday telephoned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macaron to brief him on the latest developments in the Iran issue.

According to a White House statement, “the two presidents agreed that the spread of the Iranian demonstrations is an indication of the failure of the Iranian regime to meet the needs of its people, and the waste of the country’s wealth to finance terrorism and fighting abroad.”

In contrast to the US position on the Iranian protests, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced on Tuesday evening that the EU had decided to invite Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Brussels next week if possible to discuss recent protests in his country.

Gabriel refused to follow the example of the United States, which he accused of exploiting the situation in Iran. “We have warned, not only we, but also the French president, of attempts to exploit internal conflicts in Iran,” he said.

Those positions coincided with the Iranian parliament held a closed session yesterday to discuss the unrest, while the demonstrations organized new support for the regime in several cities.

“Security officials have confirmed the release of most of the people arrested during the wave of protests,” reformist MP Ghulam Reza Haidari told the council’s website.

Haidari spoke after a hearing during which MPs heard Interior Minister Abdul Ridha Rahmani Fadhli, Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alawi and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani on the demonstrations.

Another deputy, Mohammad Reza Keshwi, said most of the detainees were unemployed and “without university degrees.”

He told the site that “the meeting of the Shura Council initially considered the conditions of these economic and unemployment, and the enemy tries to penetrate the country through the exploitation of these issues.”
Source: Agencies

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