Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama issued a statement on Tuesday expressing support for the Iranian women protesting against the Islamic regime’s restrictions on their dress and behavior as the Biden administration continues to pursue a nuclear agreement with Tehran.
“On this International Day of the Girl, we stand in solidarity with the courageous Iranian women and girls who have inspired the world through their ongoing protests,” the Obamas wrote in a statement. “The rights they seek are universal: equality, the ability to make their own choices about how they look and dress and express their identities, and the freedom to do so without facing harassment, intimidation, and violence. We are in awe of the Iranian girls who have played such a leadership role in insisting that the future be different from the past, and that Iranian women enjoy the full rights and opportunities that they deserve.”
“To all those who are out there advocating for your rights—we are moved by your acts of protest, and bear witness to your bravery in facing down the brutality of a regime resisting calls for change,” they continued. “You are delivering a powerful message that injustice should not be tolerated. There are surely difficult days ahead, and our hearts go out to those who have tragically lost loved ones in Iran.”
“But we believe that the future will ultimately belong to the young women and girls of Iran who are refusing to be silent. You remind us that true power comes not from clinging to the past, but from the effort to build a better future,” they concluded.
In recent days, the women of Iran have publicly burned headscarfs and other symbols of the Islamic regime, turning out in some of the largest protests in the country’s recent history.
Amid that unrest, however, the Biden administration has largely refrained from offering any meaningful support, instead continuing negotiations with the Islamic Republic to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which former President Barack Obama negotiated while Biden was his vice president.
“We have many concerns with Iran,” a National Security Council spokesperson told Just the News earlier this month. “The JCPOA is the best way for us to address the nuclear problem. As long as we believe pursuing JCPOA talks is in U.S. national security interests, we will do so.”
The protests and negotiations come amid a push by the Tehran regime to rapidly advance its nuclear arms development by accelerating its enrichment of uranium, making the situation all the more serious.