How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil

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The US president’s support for protesters and sanctions fuel the regime’s narrative of outside interference – and deprive Iranians of the prospect of reform

Since the beginning of the Iran protests last week, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to lend his support to Iranian demonstrators who engaged in days of nationwide protests criticising the regime for rising prices, economic mismanagement, corruption and its regional foreign policy. In a series of tweets, Trump has called on the Iranian government to “respect people’s rights”, allow free expression and stop restricting the internet and social media, warning that “the world is watching” and that it is “time for a change”.

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Any reimposition of nuclear sanctions will deflect attention from the current domestic crisis

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