‘Time for change’ in Iran, Trump says amid protests

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Iranian students clash with riot police during an anti-government protest around the University of Tehran in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 30, 2017. (EPA Photo)
Iranian students clash with riot police during an anti-government protest around the University of Tehran in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 30, 2017. (EPA Photo)

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday it was "time for change" in Iran and that the country's people were "hungry" for freedom, after days of deadly protests against the government in Tehran.

"Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration," Trump tweeted, referring to the nuclear pact sealed under his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

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

While some have shared Trump's tweets, many in Iran distrust him as he's refused to re-certify the nuclear deal and as his travel bans have blocked Iranians from getting U.S. visas.

Meanwhile, Iranian media reported that 10 people were killed during protests that began Thursday in Mashhad over economic issues and have since expanded to several other cities. Hundreds of people have been arrested.

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