Iran accuses ‘Great Satan’ US of ‘inciting chaos, terror’ | News

President Raisi joins Supreme Leader Khamenei in blaming the US for inciting deadly protests over the death of a woman in government custody.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi accused US President Joe Biden of “inciting chaos” after he expressed support for demonstrations against the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died in Iranian government custody almost a month ago.

That protests started in mid-September after Amini, 22, died after three days in custody of Iran’s “morality police” for allegedly violating the strict dress code for women.

“The remarks of the American president – inciting chaos, terror and the destruction of another country – serve as a reminder of the eternal words of the founder of the Islamic Republic, who called America the great Satan,” Raisi said, referring to the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei.

“The enemy’s plan must be countered with effective measures to solve people’s problems,” Raisi said, according to a statement from the president’s office.

Dozens of people have died in the protests. Most have been protesters, but members of the security forces have also died. Hundreds of protesters have been arrested.

On Friday, Biden said, “We stand with the citizens, the brave women of Iran.”

“It amazed me what it woke up in Iran,” the US president said. “It sparked something that I don’t think will be quiet for a long, long time.”

Iranian foreign affairs spokesman Nasser Kanani said Sunday: “Iran is too strong for its will to be affected by the interference … of a politician tired of years of failure.”

“Together we will defend Iran’s independence,” Kanani wrote on Instagram.

USA issued new sanctions against Iranian officials on October 6 over what it called the “violent suppression of protests”.

The US Treasury Department also imposed sanctions on the morality police last month.

Chairman accused the United States about starting unrest in the past and said because of “America’s failure in militarization and sanctions, Washington and its allies have resorted to the failed policy of destabilization”.

This month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed the US and Israel to instigate the protests and accuse them of trying to stop Iran’s “progress”.

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