The Iranian Foreign Ministry has, for the third time in past months, summoned the British ambassador in Tehran, Simon Shercliff, over the UK’s interference in Iran's internal affairs and London's new sanctions against Tehran.
According to a Monday statement, during the meeting, the director general of Western Europe at Iran’s Foreign Ministry conveyed the Islamic Republic’s vehement protest at Britain’s interference in the country’s internal affairs to the British envoy.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry official told the British ambassador that Tehran considers the “arbitrary sanctions” imposed by London and their fundamental premises as unacceptable and worthless.
He added that the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves the right to take reciprocal measures in return for the UK’s new sanctions over the so-called human rights issues.
This came after earlier on Monday, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said it had imposed sanctions on Iran's “morality police” in its entirety, as well as both its chief Mohammad Rostami Cheshmeh Gachi and the head of the Tehran Division Ahmad Mirzaei for their alleged role in suppressing recent riots in the country following the death of Mahsa Amini.
Protests over the death of the 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 Tehran.
Immediately after Amini’s death, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi ordered a thorough investigation into the case and an official report published on Friday said her death had been caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.
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.
The UK’s new sanctions came after the United States Treasury Department on Thursday imposed sanctions on seven Iranian officials accusing them of supporting internet shutdown and suppressing protests over Amini's death.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Nasser Kan’ani, censured the new round of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic, saying the bans are the “backbone” of the so-called American human rights regulations.
The chief commander of the Iranian Army also said on Sunday that Iran’s Armed Forces will not allow any foreign interference and aggression against the country.
Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi added that all branches of Iran’s Armed Forces support one another and form the nation’s front line for protecting the country’s security and heading off threats.
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