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11/17, 11:22 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US slams Iran for using 'lethal force' against protesters

The White House slammed the Iranian authorities for their reaction to the "peaceful protests" in the Middle Eastern country.

"The United States supports the Iranian people in their peaceful protests against the regime that is supposed to lead them," White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Sunday. "We condemn the lethal force and severe communications restrictions used against demonstrators," she added. The US also used the opportunity to once again accuse Tehran of developing nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism.

Protests in Iran broke out after petrol prices jumped as a result of the country's decision to introduce limits on gasoline purchases. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani noted he is not against protests but strongly criticized "rioting" after reports emerged a policeman was killed in the clashes with the demonstrators.

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