Donald Trump took aim at the hard-line regime in Iran Monday, tweeting it is
"time for a change" and blasting the Obama administration's
controversial nuclear deal as the death toll from protests around Iran rose to
12, Fox News reported.
Trump – who has clashed with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in recent days as the protests have continued – opened 2018 with a Twitter broadside at Tehran's authoritarian mullahs. Iran “is failing at every level despite” the controversial nuclear deal the Obama administration made with Iran in 2015, Trump tweeted.
“The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry tor food [and] for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted,” Trump said. “TIME FOR CHANGE!”
Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
The deal Trump referenced
included the Obama administration's unfreezing of more than $100 billion in
Iranian assets and cash payments of more than $1 billion for Iran's pledge not
to pursue nuclear weapons for at least 10 years.
On the streets of Iran, thousands have called for the theocratic regime to end, in a reprise of the so-called "Green Movement" of 2009, when protesters clashed over elections and called fruitlessly on the US to support their cause. That protest movement ended with the arrest of hundreds of students, political figures and dissidents.
Later Monday, state TV said six people were killed in Tuyserkan, about 200 miles southwest of Tehran. Three other people were killed in Shahinshahr, south of Iran’s capital. The location of the 10th person’s death was not disclosed, according to the Associated Press.
Earlier Monday, the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted Hedayatollah Khademi, a representative for the town of Izeh, as saying two people died there Sunday night. It was not clear if they were included in the state TV toll. Izeh is about 500 miles south of Tehran.