In a televised address on Friday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi rejected US President Joe Biden’s promise to “Free Iran” told his American counterpart that the country had secured freedom when the pro-Western Shah was deposed in 1979. Tehran has accused the US and its allies of instigating a wave of anti-government protests in recent months.
“Do not worried,” Biden told supporters at a rally in California on Thursday, “We will liberate Iran. They will soon free themselves. “
Biden is not clear on what the US will do “Free Iran” but the White House and bipartisan lawmakers in Washington have previously issued statements supporting anti-government protests in Iran, and the US has imposed two rounds of sanctions on the Iranian government in response. pay. Protests erupted after a 22-year-old woman died in police custody after she was arrested for wearing a shirt. “Incorrect” head scarf.
“I’m telling Biden that Iran was liberated 43 years ago,” Raisi stated, addressing Biden’s comments. He refers to the revolution that overthrew the US-backed Shah and led to the formation of the country’s current Islamic government.
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian urges Biden “stop [his] hypocritical behavior. “
“The White House has increasingly promoted violence and terror during the recent riots in Iran, and is trying to reach a nuclear deal,” he wrote on Twitter.
Iranian officials have accused the US, as well as Saudi Arabia and Israel, of inciting the ongoing protests and riots. Raisi stated that “These riots are the beginning of terrorist attacks” refers to a mass shooting at a temple last week that left 15 dead.
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