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EU Maintains Cautious Response to Iran Protests, as US Support for Challenge to Tehran Regime Grows

Saeed Ghasseminejad
2nd January 2018 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

The international divide on the continuing anti-government protests in Iran was starkly illustrated on Tuesday, as the Tehran regime’s regional allies issued statements dismissing the unrest as a domestic issue, while the European Union restricted itself to a plea for the avoidance of further bloodshed.

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Saeed Ghasseminejad — Iran research fellow at the Washington, DC-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank — spotlighted Europe’s commercial relations with Iran, which imported $10 billion of EU goods in 2016.

“I think the EU prefers to sign business deals with Iran,” Ghasseminejad said. “The EU has shown that its main concern is to keep its welfare state alive through lucrative business deals with dictators around the world.”

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