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Reacting To Trump's Decision Exiled Prince Demands Secular Democracy For Iran

Prince Reza Pahlavi, the exiled son of Iran's last shah and a critic of the country's clerical leaders, speaks during an interview with AP in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

Prince Reza Pahlavi, the son of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, has reacted to the US pullout from the Iran nuclear deal with a tweet published shortly after the announcement of the withdrawal.

“The JCPOA experiment proves again that for the Iranian people and the international community the issue is not the deal (or absence thereof) - it is the nature of the regime,” tweeted Prince Reza Pahlavi on May 8.

In an apparent reference to the international community’s concerns about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear, military and regional ambitions, he added; “The solution won’t come from making or breaking such deals, but from Iranians establishing a secular democratic Iran.”

The tweet was “liked” over 2,500 times within a matter of hours and was retweeted by more than 800 Twitter users. Meanwhile more than 160 readers commented, mainly positively, on Prince Reza’s tweet.

Furthermore, in a message on his Telegram channel, Prince Reza called for replacing Iran’s Islamic regime with a “national, secular, democratic and development-oriented” political leadership.

During the widespread demonstrations that swept across Iran in December and January, some demonstrators chanted slogans in support of the Pahlavi dynasty and particularly praised what the dynasty’s founder Reza Shah, Prince Reza’s grandfather did for his country.

In a recent interview with Radio Farda, Prince Reza said that he wanted democracy, human rights and a secular political system for his country.