January 2, 2018 | Quoted by Michael Gordon and Felicia Schwartz - The Wall Street Journal

On Iran, Trump Administration Encourages Support for Protesters

The Trump administration is lobbying countries world-wide to support Iranians’ right to peaceful protest and is prepared to impose fresh sanctions if Iran’s government cracks down forcefully on the demonstrations spreading throughout the country, U.S. officials said.

Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive officer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank that has been sharply critical of the Iranian government, said the Iranian regime will try to blame the U.S. for the protests regardless of what action Washington takes.

“Western governments should make it clear that the regime will be held responsible and will pay a price for any bloodshed,” Mr. Dubowitz said.

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