In the tweet appealing to stop the executions, Mr Trump said the death sentences sent a deplorable message to the world, ending the tweet with the trending hashtag #DontExecute.
“Three people have been sentenced to death in Iran for participating in protests. Their execution is expected at any moment. The execution of these three people sends a deplorable message to the world and should not be done,” a translation of the tweet said.
سه نفر در ایران برای شرکت کردن در تظاهرات محکوم به مرگ شده اند. اعدام آنها در هر لحظه قابل انتظار است. اعدام این سه نفر پیامی اسفناک به دنیا می فرستد و نباید انجام شود. #اعدام_نکنید— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)July 15, 2020
An English version accompanying the Farci tweet was consistent with the message while differing slightly by trading “deplorable” for “terrible” and using the hashtag #StopExecutionsInIran
Iran arrested the three men in recent months, claiming the students were affiliated with a dissident group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Following the arrests of street protestors Amir-Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabiin, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in June they were beaten and coerced into false confessions.
The U.S. strongly condemns Iran’s decision to sentence Amir-Hossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi to death. These protesters were reportedly beaten, denied lawyers, and coerced into false confessions. Iran must respect human rights and stop these executions.— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox)June 25, 2020
It is not the first time Mr Trump has tweeted in Farsi, with an 11 January message in Iran’s language becoming the most liked Persian tweet in history.
“To the brave and suffering people of Iran: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring,” he wrote.
It currently has 350,600 likes and 109,200 retweets and comments.
This tweet by @realDonaldTrump with more than 100k likes is already the most liked Persian tweet in the history of Twitter. A strong show of support by Iranians for Trump’s Iran policy, something the MSM does not and will not report. https://t.co/4tZ0IgDZmx— Saeed Ghasseminejad (@SGhasseminejad)January 11, 2020
It was in response to protestors calling on Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down after the country admitted to its role in the downing of a commercial airliner which killed dozens of Iranians.
Iran blamed “human error” for the unintentional firing on the Boeing 737. It occurred in the aftermath of Teheran’s ballistic missile attack on military bases in Iraq housing American troops as a response to the killing of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.
Mr Trump’s latest tweet comes a day after the Iranian judiciary announced Iranian Mahmoud Mousavi Majd was found guilty of spying on General Soleimani and would soon be executed.
Iran regularly announces arrests and convictions of spies alleged to be working for foreign countries like the US and Israel.
On Tuesday, the country confirmed Iranian Reza Asgari was executed last week for selling information on Tehran’s missile programme, according to Islamic Republic judiciary’s spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili quoted in the country’s official Mizan Online News Agency.