The US is in no position to express sympathy for the Iranian people, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said, advising the American officials to remedy the problem of hunger and homelessness in their own country.
In comments on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said the US statesmen are in no position to offer sympathy for the people of Iran.
His remarks came after US State Secretary Mike Pompeo voiced support for the rioters who have taken advantage of the protests in a number of Iranian cities over a hike in the price of subsidized gasoline in recent days.
Mousavi slammed Pompeo’s comments about the recent unrest in a number of Iranian cities as interference in the internal affairs of Iran, saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran sees the US government in no position to (be permitted to) sympathize with the Iranian nation and people. If they (Americans) are really concerned, they had better worry about tens of millions of hungry people living without a home and in extreme poverty across the United States.”
Condemning the meddlesome stances by the US secretary of state, the Iranian spokesperson said Pompeo has voiced support for the people who are under the pressure of US economic terrorism.
The US secretary of state had once announced explicitly that people of Iran must be starved to be forced to surrender to the US, Mousavi deplored.
He further noted that the mature Iranian nation has overcome many obstacles in the past, and will definitely get through the current stage as well, and address its own internal issues.
Mousavi had already condemned Pompeo’s meddlesome and hypocritical remarks, saying, “The dignified people of Iran are well aware that such hypocritical and spurious comments (from Pompeo) do not embody any sincere and affectionate sympathy.”
He had also noted that a small group of vandalizing anarchists in Iran, for whom the US state secretary has voiced support, have nothing to do with the manner and conduct of the majority of the discerning and insightful people of Iran.
Following a hike in the price of gasoline on Thursday midnight, a number of Iranian cities saw sporadic protests that turned violent in some cases.
A number of banks and government buildings have been set ablaze. Officials have confirmed that at least one person has been killed in the protests.
In an address on Sunday morning, Ayatollah Khamenei warned that the sporadic protests and acts of vandalism in Iran would create insecurity.
Describing insecurity as the worst calamity for a society, the Leader said “the whole centers of evil in the world” have mobilized efforts in recent days to encourage unrest in Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei also called on the Iranian authorities to be careful that the rise in the price of fuel would not increase the price of other commodities.
The Leader also called on the people to separate themselves from a group of thugs who are encouraged by the foreign-based anti-Iranian front to foment insecurity.
Source: Mehr News Agency