JERUSALEM — International sanctions could trigger a popular uprising in Iran similar to last year’s revolution in Egypt that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, Israel’s foreign minister said in statements published Sunday.
“The opposition demonstrations that took place in Iran in June 2009 will come back in even greater force,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in an interview published by Israel’s Ha'aretz newspaper.
“The young generation is sick of being held hostage and sacrificing their future,” Mr. Lieberman said.
“The situation in Iran, and the feelings of the man on the street, is one of economic catastrophe.”
Security increased for Western embassies
MANILA — The Philippines on Sunday increased security around Western embassies, as the government monitors potential threats to foreign diplomats after a security alert raised last week.
On Friday, the U.S. Embassy warned that an unspecified threat against Americans in the capital, Manila, had been detected by “reliable security forces.”
Britain, Canada and Australia on Saturday joined the United States in issuing security alerts, warning Westerners to be on guard amid fears they could get caught up in an attempted attack against Americans.
“As a matter of precautionary measures, we responded to their request to augment security,” she said on government radio, adding that it had also “responded quickly” to improve security for the other missions.
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