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Zarif to Pompeo: US, not Iran, squandering own people’s resources

Iran’s top diplomat says the US is squandering the resources of its own nation to push ahead with its policy of adventurism abroad and support “terror-sponsoring regimes,” stressing that the American people have had enough of “corruption” and “injustice” at home.

Mohammad Javad Zarif posted a press statement on his Twitter page on Thursday to hit back at US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his latest interventionist comments about recent protests against economic issues in Tehran.

In the statement, Zarif mimicked Pompeo, who sought on Wednesday to take advantage of guild-related protests in Tehran and denounce the Iranian establishment’s policies — a usual practice of the Washington administration.

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Drawing attention to the negative impacts of Washington’s harmful foreign agenda on the lives of American people, Zarif said, “The US government is squandering its citizens’ resources, whether its adventurism in Iraq and Afghanistan, its blind support for Israel and terror-sponsoring regimes, or its wasteful expansion of its nuclear arsenal: it will only add to the suffering of the people of America.”

Zarif also touched on the latest wave of protests across the US over the past days against President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, under which more than 2,000 migrant children who illegally crossed into the US with adult relatives were separated from them.

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Many of those children ended up in concrete-floored cages in detention facilities or were placed with foster families.

The Iranian foreign minister further condemned the US government’s “futile tactics of suppression, imprisonment of protesters, separation of immigrant families and caging of their babies, and the denial of Americans’ frustrations.”

The American people, he added, want their leaders “to share the country’s wealth and  respond to their legitimate needs,” said his Twitter statement.

Zarif further emphasized, “The people of the United States are tired of corruption, injustice and incompetence from their leaders. The world hears their voice.”

Tehran Bazaar calm after guild-related protest: Official

The secretary general of the Islamic Society of Tehran Guilds and Bazaar says calm is restored to the Grand Bazaar of Tehran.

Earlier this week, a group of businesspeople in Tehran Grand Bazaar shut down their businesses in protest at the economic performance of the administration as well as foreign exchange problems — which are mainly rooted in Washington’s hostile policies toward Iran, particularly the re-imposition of economic sanctions on Iran after leaving the 2015 nuclear deal.

Soon afterwards, calm returned to the bazaar and shop owners opened their shops to resume activities.

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