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Hossein Amir Abdollahian, a senior foreign policy advisor to the Iranian parliament speaker, has responded to U.S. President Donald Trump's meddlesome remarks about the recent protests in Iran.

Will he be able to win over the protesters this time too and usher in a peaceful new year for Iran?

Despite a small bump after the 2015 nuclear deal that saw some sanctions against Iran raised, the nation's unemployment rate is still over a staggering 10% and basic foods like eggs remain costly.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting reported several people have been injured since the protests began Thursday in Iran's second-largest city, Mashhad, on rising prices and financial corruption. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, seeking to calm the unrest, on Sunday defended the Iranian people's right to protest while urging them to work with his administration to address what he said were justified grievances about the economy. "Criticism different from violence, inflicting damage on public properties", Rouhani said as quoted by Iranian Press TV broadcaster in the outlet's Twitter post.

The province's deputy governor-general for security, Habibollah Khojastehpour has said that the confrontations in Doroud County left two killed, Mehr news agency reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the "brave Iranians" taking to streets to protest at a regime that "wastes tens of billions of dollars spreading hate".

Another online video purported to show a clash between protesters and police in the city of Khoramdareh in Zanjan province in the country's northwest. Rohani was reelected in May in part on a promise to guarantee rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

The protests have since attracted global attention, and footage of the action has been shared hundreds of thousands of time on social media.

What is behind the protests?

But low-level strikes and demonstrations have continued, with groups such as bus drivers, teachers and factory workers regularly protesting against unpaid wages and poor conditions. And perhaps it's to Israel that Corbyn must look to see the power of righteous individuals to shake the very bones of an oppressive state. "Not good!" Trump tweeted on Sunday evening.

He said the cause of death wasn't immediately known, though authorities later described one of the deaths as the result of a personal dispute. "Leave the country alone", protesters chanted at the university, according to a video sent to RFE/RL's Radio Farda from the Iranian capital.

The rallies, scheduled weeks earlier, commemorated a mass 2009 pro-government rally challenging those who rejected the re-election of hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad amid fraud allegations. "If they plan a gathering, they should apply [for a permit], and it will be examined", he told the Young Journalists Club news website.

"If we all get united, I have no doubt that the people will support us", he said. It was not clear when the incident took place.

"Things are not working out economically for ordinary Iranians", he added.

On Sunday, Iran blocked access to Instagram and the popular messaging app Telegram used by activists to organize. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.

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