Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Iranian authorities have launched an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody, while also rebuffing US calls for accountability.
Mahsa Amini’s death as “tragic” and said she was “just like our own daughters”, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian expressed in a tweet on Tuesday.
A statement issued by the White House was criticized by the top Iranian diplomat, asserting that human rights are of “inherent value” to Iran “unlike those who use it as a tool against adversaries”.
He wrote, “Instead of shedding crocodile tears, US must end #EconomicTerrorism.”
For alleged violation of the Islamic dress code, Amini was taken to a police station in Tehran by members of the morality police on Friday.
According to a CCTV footage released by the police, inside the police station, the 22-year-old woman fainted in mysterious circumstances and was later pronounced dead at a Tehran hospital.
The Iranian woman’s death was termed an “appalling and egregious affront to human rights” by the White House National Security Council in a statement on Monday.