U.S following protests in Iran 'closely', says Trump

U.S President Donald Trump told the people of Iran that he stands by them and is monitoring protests that broke out after Tehran admitted it shot down an airliner, killing 176 people.

"To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I've stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you," Trump tweeted.

"We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage," he added.