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Trump In No Position To Sympathize With Iranians: Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rebuffed U.S. President Donald Trump's comments in support of anti-government protests.

Giving his first public reaction to four days of protests, Rouhani said the U.S. President had no right to sympathize with Iranians since he, just a few months ago called the Iranian nation a terrorist nation.

Rouhani also said Iranians had the right to protest and criticize the authorities but their actions should not lead to violence or damage public property.

Anti-government protesters demonstrated in defiance of a warning by the authorities of a tough crackdown, extending for a fourth day one of the most audacious challenges to the clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009.

Tens of thousands of people have protested across the country against the Islamic republic's unelected clerical elite and Iranian foreign policy in the region. They have also chanted slogans in support of political prisoners.