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Iran dismisses Trump’s tweeted support for Iranians – state media

By Reuters 13 January 2020
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epaselect epa08120557 Iranians protest to show their sympathy to victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 in front of the Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, 11 January 2020. The Iranian military released a statement on 11 January 2020 that Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was shot down due to 'human error.' The passemger jet en route from Tehran to Kiev crashed minutes after takeoff on 08 January 2020, all all 167 passengers and nine crew members aboard were killed. EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Iran's government spokesman dismissed on Monday tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump voicing support for Iranians, saying the Iranian people would remember he killed a top general and was the reason many were facing economic challenges, state media said.

Trump, who told Iran’s authorities in tweets in Farsi and English not to kill protesters and praised the “great Iranian people”, was shedding “crocodile tears” when voicing concern for Iranians, Ali Rabiei said.

He said Britain’s ambassador to Iran had acted in a way that was “completely unprofessional and unacceptable”, after he was briefly detained near a protest. The envoy said he was arrested after attending a vigil and had left when it turned political.

(Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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