Taking into account international reactions toward the protests, Iran’s relations with the West seem to be the most important area to be affected by the recent events. In the administration of US President Donald Trump, the protests were seen as a proof that Washington’s “maximum pressure” policy against the Islamic Republic is working, causing the Iranian people to turn against the political system. In an interview with BBC Persian on Nov. 21, the US special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, said Washington is “very pleased with the protests” in Iran, adding that the maximum pressure against Iran will continue. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also took to Twitter to express support for the protesters.
The American expectation of a change in the EU position appears not to be just wishful thinking. France, which was one of the most outspoken European countries is criticizing the US approach toward Iran, is now apparently shifting its approach. On Nov. 23, French Defense Minister Florence Parly criticized the United States for not responding to what are seen as hostile Iranian moves in the Persian Gulf. “When the mining of ships went unanswered, a drone got shot (down). When that in turn went unanswered, major oil facilities were bombed,” she said… [more]