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By Farnoush Amiri
An Iranian photojournalist speaks against President Donald Trump's use of one of her images in a tweet where the president promotes a "brighter future" for the Iranian people.
Yalda Moaiery, 37, who lives in Iran's capital Tehran, wrote in an Instagram post this week that she took a picture of a woman under public protests more than a year ago around the University of Tehran.
"It would be a great honor for me if this image were a symbol of freedom anywhere in the world," wrote Moaiery Tuesday. But having President Trump "use it without my permission in a Persian tweet is a great shame to me and gives me deep grief."
Moaiery told NBC News that she was not licensed or otherwise authorized by the White House or any other part of the US Government to use the image. The White House did not respond promptly to a request for comment and it is not clear how the image in the Trump's tweet was obtained.
The president tweeted Monday to acknowledge 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. 40 years of terror," the president tweeted. "The long-standing Iranian people deserve a much brighter future."
The photographer replied to Instagram that Trump's policies towards Iran are damaging its people, including its own family and friends, who "are forced to live under sanctions that destroy our lives."
Her reply post was wide shared on social media.
"People are crushed and destroyed in Iran with all his policies," the photographer NBC News told Tuesday in an interview in Farsi. "We have many problems and much of it is due to Trump."
Among these policies is Trump's travel ban, which limits access to the United States by persons 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 United States twice. Their parents, both of whom have green cards, currently live in San Francisco.
"It was my brother's engagement, and my parents couldn't get here for that," Moaiery said. "The travel bid has set a separation between our family."
The photographer, who has taken war scenes in Iraq and Afghanistan over his 20-year career, took the now iconic picture, as protests over the country's economic problems broke out in late 2017. The image was published by major American and international publications.
However, due to press restrictions in Iran, Moaiery kept his name back from the image credit until May 2018 – when she received a prize for the image in Iran.
"I couldn't reveal my identity for six months because I thought it was known as the photographer. I can 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."
Her response to Trump's tweet is the first time she has claimed her photo on social media.
Some other international observers also criticized Trump's tweet and said it's hard to believe he wants the best for the Iranian people.
"The Iranians simply do not see honest intentions from Trump," said Trita Parsi, author of the book, "Losing a Enemy – Obama, Iran and Triumph of Diplomacy."
"They tend to believe he targeting Iran to weaken and destabilize the country instead of helping the Iranian people, "he told NBC News.
Last year, Trump USA withdrew from the nuclear power of Iran, a milestone in the Obama era pact, which had eased economic sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran after the 1979 revolution.
Trump administration's reimposed sanctions were lifted during nuclear power to push the Iranian government over its nuclear program and the alleged sponsorship of terrorism in other countries.
State Secretary Mike Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday" in November that the United States is working to support the Iranian people.
"We work diligently to ensure that we support the Iranian people and that we control our activity to ensure that the Islamic Republic of Iran's malignant behavior changes," Pompeo said. "That's the goal."
But Moaiery told NBC News: "Our daily life is what is most affected by the sanctions against Iran. It has completely taken over people's lives and ability to provide and live a quality of life."