He says the US wants to "encourage the protesters to continue to fight for what's right." Goldstein says the US has an "obligation not to stand by."The crisis in Iran has been internationalised with the country’s supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khameini, accusing foreign powers of clandestine sabotage and other senior officials accusing the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia of instigating the protests which has led to bloodshed and destruction.The White House has called for Iran's leadership to respect its citizens' right to demonstrate after a sixth day of protests that brought riot police out in force in several cities."The United States supports the Iranian people and calls on the regime to respect its citizens' basic rights to peacefully express their desire for change," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.President Hassan Rouhani has acknowledged the public's anger over the Islamic Republic's flagging economy, though he and others warned that the government wouldn't hesitate to crack down on those it considers lawbreakers.All the protest rallies so far haven't received prior permission from the Interior Ministry, making them illegal under Iranian law.She said the US is "watching reports very closely of any potential human rights abuses." She's alluding to existing sanctions authorities that allow the US to target Iran for human rights violations.Ms Nauert called the protesters in Iran "brave" and "courageous."Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, said the US will call for emergency sessions to address the "completely spontaneous" protests in Iran.He said that he was informed by authorities that the detainee "committed suicide in jail." -- Various Iranian officials have said that hundreds of detainees have been released, some after agreeing to sign a pledge not to "reoffend," the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported.-- In other news, a senior Iranian education official says Iran intends to ban English-language classes from primary schools amid warnings from Islamic leaders that the language has led to a "cultural invasion" from the West.
"In the recent days' incidents, enemies of Iran utilized various means — including money, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatuses — to create problems for the Islamic system," he said.
In comments posted to his official website, Mr Khamenei appeared to blame foreign nations for at least exacerbating the unrest gripping Iran.
"In the recent days' incidents, enemies of Iran utilised various means — including money, weapon, politics and intelligence apparatuses — to create problems for the Islamic system," he said.
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If you felt this earthquake, report your experience on the “USGS Did You Feel It? The Trump administration has also raised the possibility of imposing more sanctions on Iran to punish it for cracking down on protesters.