U.S. Special Representative for Iran Robert Malley remarked that “what the U.S. wants is a government in Iran that is respectful of the fundamental rights of its people. It’s not a policy of regime change. It’s a policy of backing... people who are protesting peacefully”. He added: “We hear Iranian officials blame the U.S.. Blame Israel, blame others. They shouldn't look so far. They should look closer at home… Nobody in Iran is angry at their government because of the U.S. They're angry because of the policies of their government”. Malley also indicated that “we are in indirect discussions with Iran” over the release of three U.S. nationals held in Iran.
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