Tehran condemns US bill to impose sanctions on Hong Kong

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Tehran has condemned Washington’s approval of a bill that would impose sanctions on those responsible for human rights abuses in Hong Kong.

“Interference in the internal affairs of other countries has become a cornerstone of US foreign policy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a statement on Wednesday.

Moussaoui expressed his country’s condemnation of the US Senate’s approval of a law to impose sanctions on those responsible for human rights violations in Hong Kong and to abolish the special trade status granted by Washington to the city.

He added that “the exploitation of the concept of human rights will not give any legitimacy to US foreign policy.”

On Tuesday, the US Senate passed a bill imposing sanctions on those responsible for human rights abuses in Hong Kong and an annual review of Washington’s special commercial status for the city.

Hong Kong, the former British colony, has been in its worst political crisis since its return to China in 1997.

The crisis was sparked by a protest movement against the attempt by the government of Chief Executive Kari Lam to pass a controversial bill approving extradition to China, which was officially withdrawn last October.

However, the protests continued and called for new demands, including more democratic reform, an independent investigation into allegations of excessive violence by the police during the protests, the unconditional release of detainees, the failure to describe the protests as riots, as well as direct elections for the city’s chief executive.

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