Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has sharply criticized the Iranian leadership in view of the serious human rights violations in the country. "What kind of government are you that shoots at your own citizens? Anyone who acts like this must count on our resistance," he said in his video podcast.
Scholz was responding to previously made Iranian threats. Iran's Foreign Minister Hussein Amirabdollahian had threatened consequences for Germany's position on the issue.
He reiterated that there should be further EU sanctions against Iran. The EU states had agreed on this on Friday. Words alone were not enough, "in view of the brutality and contempt for human beings". The EU has already decided on several sanction packages. "Further sanctions are to be added next week. We want to further increase the pressure on the Revolutionary Guards and the political leadership."
In Iran, people have been protesting against the government and the Islamic system of rule since mid-September. The trigger was the death of the 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini in police custody. The morality police had arrested her because, according to her, the young woman had violated Islamic dress codes.