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Iran Blasts Trump for “Shedding Crocodile Tears”

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran on Monday rapped US President Donald Trump for his contradictory remarks as the White House leader voiced support for the Iranian people after threatening to target the country’s cultural sites.

“While the Iranian nation was mourning [for the loss of their dear ones in the Ukrainian plane incident], Trump shed crocodile tears for people in Persian language and claimed that he was standing beside the Iranian people,” Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiyee told reporters in a press conference in Tehran today.

He added that the Iranian people do not forget that Trump is the same person who threatened to bomb 52 cultural points in Iran after assassinating popular IRGC Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassemi Soleimani, adding that the current problems related to the shortage of medicine for special patients in Iran have been created due to Washington’s sanctions.

Rabiyee said the US president has been a source of discourage for the Iranian nation through his withdrawal from the nuclear deal “and now he takes the gesture of a supporter and sympathizer with our nation”.

Trump’s tweet in Persian language came after dozens of people protested outside a university in downtown Tehran to denounce officials’ belated confirmation of a Ukrainian passenger plane unintentionally downed outside the Iranian capital.

“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage,” wrote Trump.

Shortly after the tweets in Farsi, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi asked the US president not to defile the Persian language.

“Hands and tongues smeared with threatening, sanctioning and terrorizing the Iranian nation, are not entitled to dishonor the ancient Persian language,” Mousavi tweeted late Sunday.




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