All Iranians Have Duty to Tackle Economic Problems, Revolutionary Guards Commander Says

Netanyahu addresses the Iranian people following mass protests in Tehran: 'You showed courage in the streets of Iran'

A group of protesters chant slogans at the main gate of old grand bazaar in Tehran, Iran, June 25, 2018.
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It is the duty of all Iranians to help the government overcome economic problems, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said Wednesday, according to Fars News. 

A senior U.S. state department official said on Tuesday that Washington had told its allies to halt Iranian oil imports

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"It is all of our duty to work together to help the respected government and other governmental branches in solving the economic problems," General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, who is also a senior advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader, said on Wednesday, according to the news agency. 

"We must neutralize the plans of the enemy for an economic war and psychological operations." 

Iran's judiciary must confront those who disrupt economic security, its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday, according to his official website.

Thousands of protesters shut down Tehran's Grand Bazaar

"The atmosphere for the work, life and livelihood of the people must be secure," Khamenei said in a meeting with judiciary officials, according to his site. "And the judiciary must confront those who disrupt economic security." 

Protests broke out in Tehran bazaar and in smaller cities on Monday and Tuesday as merchants complained about the sharp fall in the value of the national currency.

Videos posted on social media showed police firing tear gas to disperse protesters in Tehran. Reuters could not independently verify their authenticity. 

The "satanic triangle" of the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia were trying to weaken Iran, Rahim-Safavi said, according to Fars News. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also addressed the Iranian people regarding the last few days of protests.

"To the Iranian people I say: You showed courage on the playing field and today you showed the same courage in the streets of Iran," Netanyahu said posing with a soccer ball in a video posted on his Facebook page.

Netanyahu made several references to Iran's recent participation in the World Cup saying that "I'll never stop advocating for peace with the Iranian people. One day I hope to watch Iran's soccer team go head-to-head against Israel in a free Teheran. On that day, we'll all be winners."