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Iran’s president has accused his American counterpart of inciting “chaos, terror and destruction” amid ongoing national protests. Ebrahim Raisi branded America the “Great Satan”.

The Islamic Republic has been rocked by nationwide demonstrations following the death of Mahsa Amini while detained for “inappropriate dress”.

Videos shared online over the weekend showed activists shouting “clerics are getting lost”.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in no uncertain terms that no one should dare to believe that they can uproot the Iranian administration.

But the President of the United States, Joe Biden, made his side with the protesters clear yesterday in a message that has triggered a response from Tehran.

Biden declared that “Iran needs to stop the violence against its own citizens simply by exercising their basic rights”.

President Raisi shot back that comments from the White House only succeed in exacerbating tensions.

He said: Biden “allows himself through his comments to incite chaos, terror and destruction in another country”.

Raisi added that the White House “should be reminded of the eternal words of the founder of the Islamic Republic, who called America the great satan”.

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Jason Brodsky, Policy Director at United Against Nuclear Iran, also said the comments revealed that the Iranian administration has “no response” to ongoing protests.

He wrote: “The leadership of Iran has no answers to the Iranian people other than stale deflection, with Raisi blaming Biden’s belated remarks praising the bravery of the Iranian people for causing chaos.”

The latest protests pose “one of the most serious challenges for the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution”, according to analysts from the Reuters news agency.

This reported at the weekend that the action has expanded to include shops and businesses that are on strike.

Videos shared on Saturday showed smoke rising above a Tehran prison said to hold political prisoners.

Iranian authorities said today that a fire resulted in the death of four prisoners and injured 61 others.

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