This was stated by the Iranian Foreign Minister in an interview with NPR, noting that many of the protests are the product of foreign media and external agitation.
“I assure them that nothing special is happening in Iran,” he said of his message to his Western colleagues. “There will be no regime change in Iran. Do not play on the emotions of the Iranian people,” he added.
Iran’s foreign minister recalled that Mahsa Amini’s death is “seriously investigated,” noting that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who is among the top officials promising a full investigation, called Amini’s family. At the same time, Amir Abdollahian called many of the protests the product of foreign media and external agitation, although they seem to be widespread in his country.
“The Iranians are emotional people and they have pure feelings, and in the first hours after the incident, they protested peacefully, and now everyone is waiting for the investigation of the judiciary to end,” the minister continued. “But at the same time, there were some outside elements like satellite channels, some websites that encouraged people in Iran to take to the streets and become violent, and so the demonstrations turned into violence and into riots.”
“If the US really cares about the Iranian people, they can look at the fact that thousands of Iranian children have died because of the sanctions they have imposed… Instead of worrying about people having access to free internet, these people are dying every day because of their sanctions,” the minister added.