Iran’s Foreign Ministry has condemned a resolution adopted by the European Parliament against Tehran as “meddlesome” and “baseless”, vowing to give an “appropriate” response to the imposition of any restrictive measures against Iranian people.
“The resolution entails baseless and biased presumptions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and hence is void and lacks any value,” ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani said in a statement on Friday.
The remarks come as MEPs, on Thursday, adopted a resolution with regard to recent riots in Iran, calling the EU officials to impose sanctions against Iranian officials who have been involved in an alleged crackdown on protests.
The resolution "unjustly and under fictitious titles" criticizes confrontation against organized violent actions and attacks against public properties and lives of people, the spokesman said, reminding the European officials that “many designers and inducers of riots are carrying out their hostile actions against the Islamic Republic of Iran mainly from Europe.”
“The resolution showed that the European Parliament is continuing its selective behavior towards the great Iranian nation as the Parliament, despite its claims, has never issued any human rights resolution to condemn inhumane sanctions against Iranian people,” he added.
He noted that an investigation into the death of Mahsa Amini is underway according to internal laws and upon order of senior officials of the country and “not for pleasing others.”
Protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman who fainted at a police station on September 16 and was later pronounced dead at a Tehran hospital, erupted first in her native province of Kordestan and later in several cities, including the capital.
Immediately after Amini’s death, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi ordered a thorough investigation into the case and an official report is yet to be published.
What started as peaceful protests took a violent turn after unruly protesters fatally attacked policemen and indulged in vandalism against public property in several cities, with fingers being pointed at rabble-rousers in the West.
The case of Ms Amini is “just an excuse” for hardline members of the EU Parliament to continue their “animosity” against the Islamic Republic of Iran, added the spokesman.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for bilateral interaction with all parties based on mutual respect and interests, however, it will firmly stand against any effort to impose pressure or resort to restrictive measures against Iranian people and will give an appropriate reciprocal response to it,” Kan’ani stressed.
The remarks come as earlier on Wednesday, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had warned the European countries of any “hasty” action against the Islamic Republic.
“We are dissatisfied with the positions and interference of some European officials concerning recent incidents,” he told his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio, adding, “If the European Union seeks to adopt a hasty and ill-considered measure through a double standard behavior, it should await the Islamic Republic of Iran’s effective and reciprocal action.”
Iran has blasted the role of foreign countries in orchestrating the deadly riots.
On Sunday, Iran’s intelligence ministry said it arrested nine foreign nationals from Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden, among others for involvement in the deadly riots, along with 256 members of foreign-based anti-Iran terrorist groups.