President Joe Biden vowed to “free Iran” on Thursday, earlier than saying demonstrators there appeared on observe to “free themselves” as anti-government unrest sweeps the nation.
His remarks drew a swift rebuke from Tehran, the place the Islamic Republic’s hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi addressed a rally to mark the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy.
The protests that erupted within the wake of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini’s demise have posed one of the severe challenges to the theocracy that has dominated the nation because the 1979 revolution. They’ve additionally triggered assist from girls and others internationally, with the Biden administration dealing with rising strain from Iranian American activists to do extra.
“Don’t be concerned, we’re gonna free Iran,” Biden advised supporters in an apart throughout a marketing campaign speech in California late Thursday after viewers members appeared to name on him to handle the continued protests. “They’re gonna free themselves fairly quickly,” he added.
The president was talking at a marketing campaign rally for Democratic Rep. Mike Levin on the MiraCosta Faculty close to San Diego. He didn’t develop on the remark or point out any particular actions america may take.
The Biden administration mentioned Wednesday it will attempt to take away Iran from the U.N. Fee on the Standing of Ladies over the Iranian authorities’s stance on girls’s rights, in addition to its ongoing crackdown on the weekslong protests.
“Change in Iran ought to solely come from inside Iran. However that doesn’t absolve the world of the duty to face with the Iranian individuals as they protest for girls, for all times, and for freedom,” mentioned the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, echoing the slogan that has been the hallmark of greater than six weeks of protests.
Washington has additionally imposed new sanctions on Tehran over the crackdown and its assist for Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.
Iran has rejected worldwide criticism of its response to the protests, denied it has violated the human rights of Iranian residents or killed unarmed demonstrators and framed the unrest as a Western plot.
Raisi responded on to Biden’s remarks throughout a televised handle on Friday, saying “Iran was freed 43 years in the past and is decided to not fall into your captivity.”
Raisi recommended that Biden’s assertion was “in all probability because of the absent-mindedness that he suffers from.”
His feedback got here as state-sponsored rallies had been held throughout the nation to mark the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, which noticed college students storm the location after the autumn of the U.S.-backed Shah.