Iran has accused the US of “hypocrisy” on human rights after President Joe Biden said he would impose “additional sanctions” over protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.
BGNES recalls that a wave of unrest shook Iran after the 22-year-old Kurdish woman died on September 16 after her arrest by the moral police in Tehran.
The street violence resulted in the deaths of dozens of people – mostly protesters but also members of the security forces – and hundreds of arrests.
“Mr. Joe Biden would do well to give some thought to the human rights record in his own country before making humanitarian gestures, although the hypocrisy needs no thought,” State Department spokesman Nasser Kanani said in a statement. on Instagram, which was reported by the Iranian media.
“The president of the United States should be concerned about the numerous sanctions … against the Iranian people, sanctions whose imposition is a clear example of a crime against humanity,” he added.
Kanani was reacting to a statement released by the White House in which Biden said he would impose unspecified additional measures against Iran later this week on top of the already damaging sanctions already in place over Iran’s nuclear activities.
“This week, the United States will impose additional costs on perpetrators of violence against peaceful protesters. We will continue to hold Iranian officials accountable and support the rights of Iranians to protest freely,” Biden said.
“The United States stands with Iranian women and all Iranian citizens who inspire the world with their courage,” he added.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the US and Israel of fomenting unrest in the country.
“I make it clear that this unrest and uncertainty is inspired by America and the occupying, lying Zionist regime and their paid agents,” he said.