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The United States offers condolences after the death of Iran’s president

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  • The U.S. offers condolences to Iran.
  • A State Department spokesperson made a statement.
  • Some are critical of the sentiment.

The United States offered its official condolences after the death of former Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the incident was regrettable, although he highlighted the president’s repressive record.

Following the accident, Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, appointed Mohamad Mojber as interim president and declared five days of national mourning.

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The U.S. offers condolences to Iran

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The U.S. offers condolences for the accident that ended the life of the former president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi.

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller conveyed “official condolences” for the death of Raisi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdolahian.

He said he did not have any information about the cause of the accident, according to the EFE agency.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin called the accident “very unfortunate” in another statement.

‘We reaffirm our support for the Iranian people’

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“As Iran selects a new president, we reaffirm our support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms,” Miller said in a statement.

In a subsequent press conference, the Miller described Raisi as «a brutal participant in the repression of the Iranian people for nearly four decades

This included the executions of thousands of political dissidents in 1988.

“We regret any loss of life. We don’t want to see anyone die in a helicopter crash, but that doesn’t change their record,” Miller said.

What did U.S. officials say?

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The State Department spokesman also revealed that Iran asked the United States for assistance in the search and recovery of the crashed helicopter, but did not provide further details.

Meanwhile, in another press conference, Austin stated that the United States “had nothing to do” with that accident.

And, when asked if Israel could be involved, he stated that it will be the investigation being carried out by the Iranian authorities that will shed light on what happened.

«Regarding the death of the Iranian president in the very unfortunate helicopter accident, we continue to monitor the situation, but at this time we do not have details about the origin of the accident,» he emphasized.

Will the United States stay on top of the situation?

When asked if the United States would modify the deployment of its troops in the region given the uncertainty generated by Raisí’s death, the head of the Pentagon ruled out changes in this regard.

And he also stated that, for the moment, they do not foresee that there will be an impact on the security of the region, EFE reported.

Raisi lost his life on Sunday in a helicopter accident, after the craft made a forced landing in the Varzaghan area, in northwest Iran.

Also traveling on the aircraft were the Foreign Minister, the governor of East Azerbaijan, Malek Rahmati, and the leader of Friday prayers in the city of Tabriz, Mohammad-Ali Ale-Hashem.

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