20 March 2023

The White House issued a Nowruz statement, noting that the new year came “at a difficult time for many families, when hope is needed more than ever – including for the women of Iran who are fighting for their human rights and fundamental freedoms. The U.S. will continue to stand with them, and all the citizens of Iran who are inspiring the world with their conviction and courage [during protests that began in September 2022]. And together with our partners, we will continue to hold Iranian officials accountable for their attacks against their people”. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson reacted to the statement by saying: “The claim of supporting Iranian women while simultaneously maintaining and intensifying the cruel sanctions against the Iranian nation is a display of the hypocrisy and hostility of the American regime and its anti-Iranian leaders”.

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