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US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions

AP  |  Dubai 

A top US focused on has linked American financial pressure on with ongoing economic protests roiling the country.

Sigal P Mandelker, the for terrorism and financial intelligence at the US Treasury, declined to comment today when ask if the hoped tightening sanctions would spark the Iranian government's overthrow.

However, Mandelker told journalists in that the US wanted to disrupt the "despicable use of Iranian revenue" across the Mideast.

She said: "You've seen the Iranian people, of course, stand up loudly, at risk of their own lives, shouting in protest about the corruption that's happening within and of course the fact (is) that so much money has gone to support malign activities elsewhere, with very little focus on the economy itself.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 13:25 IST