US condemns threats against Iranian women’s rights activist

A number of former and current US officials have denounced the Islamic Republic’s harassment of New York-based dissident journalist and women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad.

Jim Risch (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called Alinejad’s continued Iranian harassment “outrageous,” referring to the man armed with a loaded AK-47 who was arrested outside his Brooklyn home on Thursday.

Praising Alinejad’s fierce fight for Iranian women’s rights, he said, “Her unwavering commitment to fighting the Iranian regime and defending human rights should be an inspiration to us all.

“I was honored to meet her last year after the Iranians tried to kidnap her,” he added, referring to an international reporter. kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Iranian intelligence network Last year.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby also condemned the apparent attempt to harm the rights activist, saying it is an open criminal investigation and “pending to see the results.” of this investigation, we want to reaffirm that this is President Joe Biden’s top priority to counter the threats posed by Iran.

Echoing similar sentiments, former State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said Sunday that “the Iranian regime is threatening to assassinate our leaders. Now their radical supporters are hunting down Iranian dissidents and trying to kill them here too.”

Calling for travel restrictions against the visit of Iranian delegations to the UN headquarters in New York and also for the closure of the Iran interests section at the Pakistani embassy in Washington, she said: “There there is no reason for this arrangement when the regime is increasing its assassination attempts on our soil”. “We must expel all Iranian agents and ‘diplomats’ from America now.”