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Iran citizens on Sunday shrugged off what it described as US President Joe Biden’s ‘interference’ in the month-old protests since the report of the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police.
Foreign affairs spokesman Nasser Kanani on Monday wrote on Instagram; ‘Iran is too strong for its will to be swayed by the interference … by a politician tired of years of failure’.
‘We will together defend the independence of Iran.’
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Recall that Biden had said Friday that ‘we stand with the citizens, the brave women of Iran.
‘It stunned me what it awakened in Iran. It awakened something that I don’t think will be quieted for a long, long time,’ said the US president.
Iran has been rocked by protests since 22-year-old Amini’s death on September 16, three days after she was arrested by morality police in Tehran for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.
The street violence has led to dozens of deaths, mostly among protestors but also among the security forces, and hundreds have of demonstrators been arrested.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that on October 6, the United States slapped sanctions on seven senior Iranian officials for involvement in the crackdown.
The US Treasury last month also placed sanctions on the morality police.
In another report, President Biden has sent out a very stern warning to Saudi Arabia that there will be ‘consequences’ after a global cartel of oil-producing countries which is led by the kingdom and Russia announced that they would cut oil production despite Washington’s objections.
While making his remarks on Tuesday come a day after influential Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the US must immediately freeze all cooperation with Saudi Arabia, including arms sales.
‘There’s going to be some consequences for what they’ve done with Russia,’ Biden said in an interview with CNN which was monitored by Africa Daily News, New York.
‘I’m not going to get into what I’d consider and what I have in mind. But there will be, there will be consequences.’
Last week, the OPEC+ group said it would slash oil production targets by two million barrels a day, defying pressure from the US.