The United States will impose “further costs” on Iran for its deadly brutality in repressing protests that were triggered by the murder of Mahsa Amini President Joe Biden announced, drawing allegations of “hypocrisy” from Iran on Tuesday.
Amini 22-year-old Amini was declared dead on the 16th of September, days before the notorious Morality Police arrested the Kurdish Iranian accused of violating rules that require women to wear hijab headpieces and modest clothing.
The fury over her death has triggered the largest waves of protests to hit Iran for nearly three years. It also led to the state resorted to a clampdown that has resulted in thousands of protesters killed, and over 1,000 detained.
“This week, the United States will be imposing further costs on perpetrators of violence against peaceful protesters,” Biden stated in a statement. “We will continue holding Iranian officials accountable and supporting the rights of Iranians to protest freely.”
Biden stated that Biden is “gravely concerned” about reports about the increasing repression of protesters. Biden said Washington was with “all the citizens of Iran who are inspiring the world with their bravery”.
Rights groups expressed profound concern following Iranian police employed paintballs and teargas to smear hundreds of students of Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology on Sunday night. Video footage of prisoners being taken away wearing hoods of fabric on their heads.
Protests have also swept through schools, and video footage released by Kurdish Rights group Hengaw which shows schoolgirls protesting in two cities within Amini’s home province of Kurdistan province.
“Women, Life, Freedom,” the female protesters sang as they marched along the main strip of a busy road at Marivan in footage that AFP is not independently confirmed.
The US president has not provided any details of the specific measures he might be contemplating against Iran which is in the grip of the hammer of US economic sanctions, which are mostly related to the controversial nuclear program.
Iran claimed that the US president for “hypocrisy” in invoking human rights to apply new punishments.
“It would have been better for Mr Joe Biden to think a little about the human rights record of his own country before making humanitarian gestures, although hypocrisy does not need to be thought through,” foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanani wrote via an Instagram post, as reported in Iranian media.
“The US president should be concerned about the numerous sanctions… against the Iranian nation, the sanctions whose imposition against any nation is a clear example of a crime against humanity,” He added.
The supreme Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned arch-foes Israel and Israel and the United States and Israel of encouraging the protests.
The protests “were engineered by America and the occupying, false Zionist regime, as well as their paid agents, with the help of some traitorous Iranians abroad” Khameni stated.
The turmoil has slowed diplomatic efforts to bring back a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and other major powers that were closer to an agreement in the last months, before again stalling.
However, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that “problems with Iran’s behavior” are distinct from efforts to renew the nuclear deal and which Washington intends to continue “as long as we believe” it’s within US national security interests.