"It's not nice to see these things going on, as its been since late December, but at the same time, the fundamental calculus that we should have diplomatic relations with Iran doesn't change".
"People rightfully say: 'See us, listen to our words, '" Rouhani said.
The President also ordered the Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade and the Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, as well as the Governor of the Central Bank to take measures to increase costs so that the exporters of state and private sectors can directly export their products to target countries.
A demonstrator dressed as the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei participates a rally across from the White House in Washington, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in solidarity with anti-government demonstrators in Iran.
"Some countries tried to misuse the recent incidents", Zarif said without blaming any specific country, and added that "no country can create a secure environment for itself at the expense of creating insecurity among its neighbours". Also, this protest is less violent than the 1992 LA Riot, which is caused 63 deaths, 12,111 people arrested and caused $1 billion dollars in damage in one week.
Speaking to the United Nations on Friday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley noted that the uprising had impacted more than 79 locations throughout the country. The protesters were by and large working class people.
Iran recently erupted in country-wide protests.
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Today's protests can be characterized as a bit more organic.
Ahmadinejad reportedly stated that the present leaders are detached from the problems and concerns of the Iranian people and have no idea of what they have to deal with under the present leadership. Both the US and analysts studying Iran say hard-liners initially fomented the economic protests to put pressure on Rouhani but quickly lost control of them. It also slammed the Islamic Republic for "serious human rights abuses against the Iranian people".
It's hard to tell right now who emerged stronger after the protests - Rouhani or his hard-line opponents. While reformists largely stayed away from the recent protests, releasing such figures puts pressure on their hard-line opponents who exercise control over Iran's judiciary and security services.
The outspoken MP, Sadeghi, had earlier warned of a "second Kahrizak" after the protests that rocked the country for five days over the new year.
Today the Persian Gulf region is at a historical juncture, and success for the Iranian people's freedom movement would certainly become a powerful stabilizing force for the world.
"Even if there are no more protests [right now], it will explode one day", Hadi said. "However, I do not think the feeling of dissent toward the regime and level of disgust for the political and economic situation has gone away".
Will we urge the Iranians to rise up and overthrow their regime, as we did the Hungarians in 1956, which resulted in their massacre by Soviet tanks sent into Budapest?