Amid Ethnic Protests, Iran Warns of Foreign Meddling

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Iran has raised the specter of a US-Saudi effort to destabilize the country by exploiting economic grievances against the backdrop of circumstantial evidence that Washington and Riyadh are playing with scenarios for stirring unrest among the Islamic Republic’s ethnic minorities.

Tehran is accusing the US and Saudi Arabia of being behind the ongoing protests being conducted by Iranians against the regime.

Iran recently witnessed minority Azeri and Iranian Arab protests in soccer stadiums while the country’s Revolutionary Guards Corps reported clashes with Iraq-based Iranian Kurdish insurgents.

State-run television warned in a primetime broadcast that foreign agents could turn legitimate protests stemming from domestic anger at the government’s mismanagement of the economy and corruption into “incendiary calls for regime change” by inciting violence that would provoke a crackdown by security forces and give the US fodder to tackle Iran.

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