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By By Farnoush Amiri
An Iranian photojournalist speaks against President Donald Trump's use of one of her photos in a tweet in which the president promoted a "brighter future"
Yalda Moaiery, 37, who lives in Iran's capital, Tehran, wrote in an Instagram post this week that she took the photo of a woman during public protests more than a year ago around the University of Tehran.
"It would be a great honor for me if this image would be a symbol of freedom everywhere in the world," Moaiery wrote Tuesday. But having President Trump "use it without my permission in a tweet in Persian even is a great shame for me and causes me deep sorrow."
Moaiery told NBC News that she did not license or otherwise grant permission to the White House or any other part of the US government to use the image. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and it is not clear how the image included in the Trump's tweet was obtained.
The President tweeted Monday in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, which overthrew the shah and led tens of thousands of Iranians to leave the country
"40 years of corruption, 40 years of repression," the president tweeted. "The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future."
The photographer responded to Instagram that Trump's policies towards Iran are hurting its people, including her own family and friends who "are forced to live under sanctions that are devastating our
"People are being crushed and ruined in Iran by all of its policies," the photographer told NBC News on Tuesday in an interview in Farsi. "We have a lot of problems and a lot of that is because of Trump."
Among those policies is Trump's travel ban, restricting entry into the U.S. by people from seven countries, including Iran and four others who are Muslim-majority
Moaiery said that because of this order, she and her brother have been denied visas to the U.S. twice. Their parents, who both have green cards, are currently living in San Francisco.
"It was my brother's engagement, and my parents could not come here for it," Moaiery said. "The travel ban has put a gap between our family."
The photographer, who has captured the scenes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan over her 20-year career, took the now-iconic photo when protests over the country's economic problems broke out in late 2017. The image was published by major US and international publications.
However, due to restrictions on the press in Iran, Moaiery retained her name from the photo credit until May 2018 – when she received a photo award in Iran. Photobournalist Yalda Moaiery Courtesy Yalda Moaiery
"I was not able to reveal my identity for six months because I thought that being known as a photographer I could get into trouble, "she wrote in her post. "But I came out as it is important to show the situation in Iran in a clear and transparent way."
Some other international observers also criticized Trump's tweet, saying it is hard to believe he wishes the best for the Iranian people.
"Iranians simply do not see honorable intentions from Trump," said Trita Parsi, author of the book, "Losing an Enemy – Obama , Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy. "
" They tend to believe it is targeting Iran to weaken and destabilize the country rather than help the Iranian people, "he told NBC News
Last year, Trump withdrew US from the Iran nuclear deal, a landmark Obama-era pact that had eased economic sanctions that the US
The Trump administration reimposed sanctions lifted under the nuclear deal to press Iranian government over its nuclear program and its alleged sponsorship of terrorism in other countries
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday" in November that the US
"We are working diligently to make sure we support the Iranian people and that we direct our activity towards ensuring that the maligned behavior of Islamic Republic of Iran is changed," Pompeo said. "That's the goal."
But Moaiery told NBC News: "Our daily life is what has been impacted by most of the sanctions on Iran. It has completely taken over people's lives and ability to provide and live high-quality of life. "