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Biden leads new Western sanctions on Iran on Amini death anniversary

Demonstrators hold placards reading "Women, Life, Freedom" in support of Iranian women at a rally in central London on March 8, 2023
— Washington (AFP)

US President Joe Biden on Friday led international calls of solidarity with Iranians one year after Mahsa Amini's death sparked mass protests, with Western powers unveiling a series of new sanctions.

The anniversary of Amini's death in the custody of the clerical state's morality police comes as some activists criticize what they see as a return to business as usual with Tehran, which was already under a slew of sanctions.

Biden said in a statement that "today -- as we remember Mahsa's tragic death -- we reaffirm our commitment to the courageous people of Iran who are carrying on her mission."

"Iranians alone will determine the fate of their country, but the United States remains committed to standing with them -- including providing tools to support Iranians' ability to advocate for their own future," Biden added.

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