Iranian President Raisi accuses US of seeking to destabilise Iran

TEHRAN: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday accused the United States of resorting to a “policy of destabilisation” against the Islamic republic which is gripped by protests over Mahsa Amini’s death.
A wave of unrest has rocked Iran since the 22-year-old, an Iranian of Kurdish origin, died on September 16 after her arrest by the morality police in Tehran for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.
The street violence has led to dozens of deaths, mostly of protesters but also members of the security forces. Hundreds have also been arrested.
“Following the failure of America in militarisation and sanctions, Washington and its allies have resorted to the failed policy of destabilisation,” Raisi said at a summit in Kazakhstan.
Iranians had “invalidated the American military option and… dealt a humiliating defeat to the policy of sanctions and maximum pressure,” he said, quoted by his office.
Washington has imposed rounds of crippling sanctions on Tehran since 2018 when then-US president Donald Trump withdrew his country from a nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers.
“What has caused the success of the Iranian people and terrified the domineering powers is the nation’s attention to progress based on its inner strength,” Raisi said.

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