The EU Council president Donald Tusk took distance from the U.S.-Iran tensions, explaining during the Summit press-conference concluding the two-day meeting in Brussels, it were better to react with reserve on the bilateral escalation.
At margins of the EU Summit in Brussels German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed Trump‘s decision to pull back from a retaliatory attack, she also called for diplomatic solution.
President Trump said that the United States military had been “cocked and loaded” for a strike against Iran on previous night, but that he called it off with 10 minutes to spare when a general explained that 150 people were highly likely to die in the attack.
President Trump approved and canceled an offensive on Iran with just minutes to spare. The President approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for shooting down an unmanned American surveillance drone. The American operation was to be carried out before sunrise against Iranian military sites to avoid human casualties.
Iran shot down a U.S. Navy surveillance drone on June 19, while the two sides disputing where it occurred. Tehran has said the drone was flying over Iranian airspace, while American officials have been imperative the aircraft was in international airspace.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has entered polemics with the US requesting to propose a better alternative to the deal with Iran that curbs its nuclear programme.
Following talks in Brussels with his Iranian and European counterparts, he said the 2015 accord was a considerable accomplishment that was preventing Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.
Mr Johnson underlined that Islamic Republic has been fully compliant with its obligations in the framework of the nuclear deal.
President Donald Trump and his administration are “disappointed” in the European Union for not doing more to support Iran anti-government protests, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
“We’re disappointed that the European Union has not taken a more definitive stance in supporting those voices in the country that are calling for reform,” he said.
The comments from the country’s top diplomat came after taking note of EU chief of External Action service Federica Mogherini keeping low profile amid the turmoil in Islamic Republic.
Only after days of protests, reports on slain and arrested, the EU’s diplomacy issued a statement reminding Iran the ‘right to peaceful protest.
While some individual European countries have joined the US in explicitly backing the protesters, Mr Tillerson lamented a perceived lack of similar support from the 28-nation union.
As a top EU executive Mogherini prefers to protect the nuclear deal concluded with Iran incumbent government as president Obama’s legacy, to give a support to Iranian people.
The regime change in Iran would give an advantage to President Trump over the previous administration – the undesired result to the EU leadership, choosing to support Democrats as partners, and continuously sabotaging incumbent administration in attempt to facilitate the return of Democrats to power, the experts say.
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly has been placed under home confinement for criticizing current President Hassan Rouhani and inciting unrest, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported, citing it own, unrevealed “reliable sources in Tehran.”
“Some of the current leaders,” Ahmadinejad reportedly said the end of last year, “live detached from the problems and concerns of the people and do not know anything about the reality of society.
“What it suffers Iran today is mismanagement and not lack of economic resources,” he said.
Ahmadinejad’s comments came while Iranians began to protest against the government. The demonstrations across Iran have drawn the attention of the international community and the open support from Trump administration. Many protesters were arrested or killed for speaking out against the ruling regime.
“Although this blind sedition was so small that a portion of the police force was able to nip it in the bud … you can rest assured that your comrades in the Islamic Republic’s army would be ready to confront the dupes of the Great Satan (United States),” Iran Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi was quoted.
Iran’s army chief said police forces had already resolved the problems of anti-government unrest but that his troops were ready to intervene if needed, official media reported, as new state-sponsored protests were held.
The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that a string of anti-government protests were over after six days of unrest.
In comments to the Fars news agency, Mohammad Ali Jafari said that only 15,000 people had turned out at the height of the rallies and that the main “troublemakers” have been arrested. “Today, we can say it is the end of ‘sedition 1396,’ ” Jafari said, using the year in the Iranian calendar.
“The European Union is closely following the ongoing demonstrations in Iran, the increase of violence and the unacceptable loss of human lives,” – says the European Action Service (EEAS) declaration.
“For the EU, human rights have always been a core issue in our relationship with Iran. Peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression are fundamental rights that apply to every country, and Iran is no exception” – the EEAS declaration says.
“In the last days, we have been in touch with the Iranian authorities. In the spirit of frankness and respect that is at the basis of our relationship, we expect all concerned to refrain from violence and the right of expression to be guaranteed, also in light of the statements made by the Iranian Government” – the EEAS declaration concludes.
New Year 2018 for Iran started in gloom of loss of life: 10 people were shot in protests according to Iran state TV channel.
Mass protests in Iran, started spontaneously the end of last year, represent utmost serious challenge to its cleric leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009. Protesters call for more demonstrations across the country on Monday further indicating on profound crisis, leading to protracted period of instability.
An Iranian official blamed two protesters previously reported killed in the city of Dorud, Lorestan Province, on Saturday night during anti-government demonstrations were targeted by foreign agents and not the Iranian police.
“Violent clashes broke out in the illegal demonstration in Dorud on Saturday and unfortunately two people were killed,” Habibollah Khojastehpour, the deputy governor of Lorestan province, said in an interview on state television on Sunday.
“No shots were fired by the police and security forces. We have found evidence of enemies of the revolution, Takfiri groups and foreign agents in this clash,” the official concluded, referring to Takfiri – a name dabbing an excommunion of a Muslim.
Annual nationwide pro-government rallies were held in Iran to mark the end of the unrest after price protests turned political in a dozen cities across the country.
Unlike protests, the state TV channels showed a rally in the capital Tehran and marchers carrying banners in support of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Iran’s second largest city of Mashhad.
Hundreds of people took to the streets earlier this week to protest against high prices and shouted anti-government slogans.
On Friday, police dispersed anti-government demonstrators in the western city of Kermanshah as protests spread to Tehran and several other cities in the largest wave of demonstrations since nationwide pro-reform unrest in 2009.
Police arrested 52 people in Thursday’s anti-government protests, according to a judicial official in Mashhad, one of the holiest places in Shia Islam.
The United States condemned the arrests, with President Donald Trump tweeting: “Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!”