Pence says on Iran protests: ‘US will not repeat shameful past mistake’

US Vice President Mike Pence introduces U.S. President Donald Trump before he delivers remarks regarding the Administration's National Security Strategy. (Reuters)

United States Vice President Mike Pence tweeted his support for Iranian protesters saying that his country would not “repeat past mistakes”.

“As long as @RealDonaldTrump is POTUS and I am VP, the United States of America will not repeat the shameful mistake of our past when others stood by and ignored the heroic resistance of the Iranian people as they fought against their brutal regime,” Pence tweeted on Monday.

“The bold and growing resistance of the Iranian people today gives hope and faith to all who struggle for freedom and against tyranny. We must not and we will not let them down,” he added.

US President Donald Trump, who has been tweeting in support of protesters in Iran, continued into the New Year, describing the country as “failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration.”

“The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years,” he wrote. “They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!”

The demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, began Thursday in Mashhad over economic issues and have since expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Last Update: Tuesday, 2 January 2018 KSA 23:01 - GMT 20:01

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