In remarks entitled “Human Rights and the Iranian Regime”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo contended that “the protest that started and accelerated in November clearly signaled that the Iranian people have just had enough. They’re fed up. They’re fed up with the regime’s economic failures. They’re fed up with the kleptocrats. And they’re fed up with a regime that denies them basic fundamental human dignity that comes from each of us as a nature of our humanness”. He further announced the U.S. had “re-designated Iran as a Country of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act”, “sanction[ed] two Iranian judges” and restricted “visas for current or former Iranian officials and individuals responsible for or complicit in the abuse, detention or killing of peaceful protesters, or for inhibiting their rights to freedom of expression or assembly”. “Our action will also restrict visas for these individuals’ family members”, Pompeo added. He went on to address the Iranian people, saying: “America hears you. America supports you. America stands with you”.
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