In this photo released on Aug 11, 2022 by the Iranian foreign ministry, ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani speaks in Tehran, Iran. (IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY VIA AP)
TEHRAN – The Iranian foreign ministry said on Sunday that US President Joe Biden meddled in Iran's "state matters" by supporting "riots" in the country, state-owned Press TV reported.
"On Saturday, Biden interfered for the umpteenth time in Iran's state matters by supporting the riots as he has done ever since the outbreak of recent developments in Iran," the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani was quoted as saying by Press TV.
You (US officials) are accustomed to fishing in troubled waters. Since the 1953 coup until today, the anti-Iranian policies by the US government have been well recorded in our minds
Nasser Kanaani, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman
Iran has not given in to the US "cruel sanctions and idle threats" and will be unfazed by its interventionist policies and the futile campaign, Kanaani added.
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A day earlier, Biden said he "was surprised by the courage of the people taking to the streets in protest in Iran."
Protests broke out across Iran following the death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini on Sept 16 at a hospital in the capital Tehran after police custody.
"You (US officials) are accustomed to fishing in troubled waters. Since the 1953 coup until today, the anti-Iranian policies by the US government have been well recorded in our minds," Kanaani said.
Range of defense system expanded
Iran has increased the operational range of the Bavar-373 surface-to-air missile defense system to 300 km, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.
An Iranian commander was quoted as saying that the upgrade to the homegrown system was proportional to threats, and Iran has tested the system at the new range. The system can now detect and target the enemies' aircraft beyond the Iranian borders, detect up to 300 targets at the same time, track 60 targets, and engage six targets.
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