US After New Strategies to Prop Up Iran Protests: Sources
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – White House national security officials are reportedly focused on developing strategies to support and foster civil unrest in Iran, a report said.
The White House is facing a deadline that could force the administration to provide continuing sanctions relief to Iran.
Within the next week, the Trump administration will have to decide whether it will again waive economic sanctions on key Iranian entities, including its Central Bank.
Senior White House officials acknowledge they are in a tough position as they continue to focus on supporting the Iranian protesters through a range of measures that include efforts to foster further discontent with the Islamic Republic, multiple sources told the Free Beacon.
Jamie Fly, a former senior adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), said the protests in Iran provide a good opportunity to reassess ongoing sanctions relief to Iran, the IRGC, and other entities.
Last week, peaceful protests over rising prices and economic problems broke out in some Iranian cities, but the unauthorized gatherings turned violent after a number of opportunists, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings.
Siding with the rioters were a number of US officials, including Donald Trump.
Iranian security officials say they have hard evidence that the protests were directed from abroad.
Officials say many rioters arrested in the unrest have been trained by the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) or had links with the Takfiri groups.
Following the unrest, people of Iran held several demonstrations across the country to condemn the violent riots and acts of vandalism, and voice support for the Islamic Republic’s Establishment.
Iranian officials maintain that people have the right to stage protests to express their opinions, as long as rallies comply with the legal conditions.