US President Joe Biden vowed to “free” Iran and predicted that anti-government protesters would soon be able to free themselves.
“Don’t worry, we’ll liberate Iran. They’ll be free pretty soon, I’m sure “Biden made the remarks during a wide-ranging campaign speech in California, where dozens of protesters held banners in support of Iranian protesters.
Biden did not expand on his remarks or specify what additional actions he would take during the remarks at MiraCosta College near San Diego.
The White House’s National Security Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Seven weeks of demonstrations in Iran were ignited by the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of Iran’s morality police.
The protests triggered by Amini’s death on Sept. 16 have shown the defiance of many young Iranians in challenging the clerical leadership, overcoming fear that has stifled dissent in the wake of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The United States on Wednesday said it will try to remove Iran from the 45-member U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) over the government’s denial of women’s rights and brutal crackdown on protests.
Iran is just starting a four-year term on the commission, which meets annually every March and aims to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.