Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today clarified the Iranian position on when it would support a popular movement in the Arab world. The country had shown different standards in its reactions to the Arab Spring, supporting the uprising in Yemen, for example, but actively opposing the uprising in Syria. Khamenei said today that if a popular movement is against a pro-US/Israel regime, Iran supports it. If, however, the uprising were against an anti-US/Israel regime, Iran would oppose it.
“Our stance regarding these public movements is crystal clear. Anywhere there is a popular Islamic and anti-US movement, we support it,” Khamenei said. “We support movements that are against the US and Zionism,” Khamenei added [IRNA, 4 June].