“It would have been better if Mr. Joe Biden, before taking up humanitarian postures, had thought about the human rights record of his own country, though hypocrisy needs no thinking,” Iran's spokesman for Foreign Ministry Nasser Kan’ani said in a Tuesday Instagram post.
Kan’ani further said the US president should instead be concerned about the numerous sanctions Washington has imposed against the Iranian nation, “as their implementation against any nation is a clear example of crimes against humanity.”
People across the world “have been and are witnessing the true and unmasked face of American human rights” in many countries, including Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Syria and even on US soil, he added.
Kan’ani was reacting to a statement released by the White House late on Monday in which Biden accused Iran of a violent crackdown against nationwide protests following the death of a young Iranian woman in a hospital days after collapsing at a police station in the capital Tehran.
Biden had pledged to place “further costs” on Iran, while at the same time claiming that Washington would continue to support the rights of Iranians to “protest freely.”
Protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who fainted at a police station on September 16 and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, erupted first in her native province of Kordestan and later spread to other parts of the country, including Tehran.
The protests soon turned violent, with foreign-backed rioters going on the rampage in several cities, attacking security officers, resorting to vandalism against public property, and desecrating religious sanctities.
Speaking in an address to military cadets in Tehran on Monday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei severely censured the deadly riots, saying they were orchestrated in advance by the United States and the Israeli regime.
“I state it clearly that these developments were planned by America, the Zionist regime and their acolytes. Their main problem is with a strong and independent Iran and the country’s progress. The Iranian nation proved to be fairly strong during recent events and will bravely come onto the scene wherever necessary in the future,” the Leader said.