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The US State Department supported Iranian protests in solidarity with Egypt and Tunisia. The Iranian parliament condemned the protests and instructed security forces to crack down. Russia announced that it will not support future sanctions against Iran.
Police fired teargas at protesters in Tehran and detained dozens during violent clashes. Protests were also held in Isfahan, Mashhad, and Shiraz. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was also placed under house arrest.
Iranian authorities placed opposition figure Mehdi Karroubi under house arrest for calling for public protest in support of Egypt. The interior minister said that Iran's Islamic revolution is at its peak. The Netherlands froze diplomatic relations with Iran over the execution of a Dutch-Iranian citizen. Iran's envoy to Russia said Iran is ready to resume talks with the West over a nuclear fuel-swap deal.
Iran's state prosecutor warned the opposition to not host protests in solidarity with Egyptian protesters. The IRGC tested a new anti-ship ballistic missile. The EU may lift the travel ban on Iran's foreign minister to encourage a new round of diplomatic talks.
Turkey announced that it would not take action against Turkish citizens accused of smuggling missile components into Iran. Iran's ambassador to India complained that the US is blocking strong Iran-India cooperation. The Iranian opposition criticized the government three days ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
President Ahmadinejad announced the launch of several new satellites. Iran's opposition leaders take inspiration from protests in Egypt. An Iranian court set a sentencing date for imprisoned Americans.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov disapproved of new sanctions on Iran, saying they "will basically be aimed at suffocating the Iranian economy." An Iranian official claimed gasoline production has exceeded national consumption.