Nasser Kan’ani made the remarks after Olaf Scholz criticized the Iranian government for what he claimed was “brutal crackdown” on violent protests after the September’s death of a young Iranian woman of Kurdish descent in the capital Tehran.
Kan’ani said the so-called human rights advocates have forgotten their “dark record” against the honorable people of Iran during their “blind and inhumane” support for the Saddam regime, pointing out Saddam’s eight-year foreign-backed invasion of Iran.
He added that they used human rights as a “tool for political games” by supporting cruel sanctions imposed on Iran after the US withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, as well as keeping silent on acts of terror by Daesh, the latest of which was the terrorist attack in Shiraz.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman underlined that the will of the Islamic Republic, in the fundamental principles of human rights, is confronting oppression and defending the oppressed.
However, Kan’ani said, Germany, presenting itself as a defender of human rights, evades its international responsibility to respect the sovereignty of countries, and provides refuge for terrorist and separatist groups opposing the Islamic Republic.
The Iranian diplomat also rebuked Germany for adopting a “selective and dual approach” against the crimes of the child-killing Zionist regime in all parts of the world, including Palestine.
Calling on the German officials to bring rationality back to the atmosphere of cooperation and prevent a further mess in bilateral relations with Iran, Kan’ani stressed that respect and mutual interests are the sole way to enduring cooperation.
Scholz claimed on Saturday that Germany would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with the Iranian people in their violent protests and riots across the country, accusing the Iranian government of being “solely responsible for this spate of violence.”
Warning that additional sanctions will be placed on Iran for the proclaimed “repression of protests”, the German chancellor said the European Union’s foreign ministers are due to meet on Monday to agree on the anti-Tehran restrictive measures.
Earlier, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock voiced support for the recent riots in Iran, saying the European Union would seek to adopt new sanctions against Tehran.
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian denounced his German counterpart’s remarks in support of the violent riots as meddling in the country’s domestic affairs, warning that Tehran would give a “proportionate and firm” response to such interventionist positions.
Riots broke out in Iran in mid-September after the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old fainted at a police station in Tehran and was pronounced dead three days later in hospital. An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization concluded that Amini’s death was caused by illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.
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Rioters went on a rampage, brutally attacking security officers and causing massive damage to public property as Western powers, especially the United States, provided support.
The European Union and some western countries have imposed sanctions on Iran over its approach toward the recent riots. Iran, in turn, announced tit-for-tat sanctions against institutions and individuals in the European Union due to their deliberate actions in support of terrorism and terrorist groups.
Earlier in the month, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said the United States and the United Kingdom were “directly” involved in the unrest, adding that dozens of terrorists affiliated with the Israeli regime and anti-revolution groups have also been detained in the unrest.