US President Joe Biden says the United States stands with Iranian women and Iranian citizens who are inspiring the world with their bravery.
In a tweet on Tuesday, he said that “This week, we will impose further costs on perpetrators of violence against peaceful protestors," adding that “We'll continue to support the rights of Iranians to protest freely.”
Biden also issued a statement on Monday saying he remains “gravely concerned about reports of the intensifying violent crackdown on peaceful protestors in Iran, including students and women, who are demanding their equal rights and basic human dignity.”
Iran’s government and media remained largely silent on Tuesday over Biden’s condemnation of the violent crackdown against protesters in Iran.
Earlier on Monday, Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei had already blamed more than two weeks of street protests on the United States, which he again labeled as “the enemy”.
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said Tuesday that the European Union is looking to impose asset freezes and travel bans on a number of Iranian officials involved in the crackdown on protests, adding that "France's action at heart of EU ... (is) to target those responsible for the crackdown by holding them responsible for their acts." Diplomats say the measures are expected to be rubber-stamped at an EU foreign ministers meeting on October 17.
Canada also slapped sanctions on 34 Iranian officials and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and morality police, over the crackdown on current protests.