Dec. 2 – The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Iran’s government had misunderstood the current protests in Iran, during an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour this week.
Blinken was responding to an earlier accusation by Iran’s regime that western states were responsible for stoking unrest inside the Islamic Republic.
At least 14,000 people have been arrested so far during anti-government protests in Iran which have entered their third month. Almost 500 people, including 64 children have been killed by the government’s security forces.
The Supreme Leader of Iran’s niece, Farideh Moradkhani, was arrested by officials for calling on the international community to support the protests.
The rights activist compared her uncle Ayatollah Khamenei to dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, in a video message posted on social media by her brother shortly after her arrest.
Moradkhani has been detained multiple times for her public criticism of Khamenei and Iran’s government.
And Iraq’s recently appointed Prime Minister, Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, met with Khamenei during his first key trip abroad in his new role.
Hussein Allawi, a senior adviser to Iraq’s prime minister said the talks were held to address current issues such as Iran’s government cutting off the flow of water to Iraq and its recent attacks on Iraqi territory.
Iraq’s government has been plagued by tensions between political factions largely fueled by Iran-backed blocs, and ongoing interventions by Iran’s regime inside the country.