Washington condemns Iran executions

January 28, 2010 20:30

The White House strongly condemned on Thursday Iran's execution of two men accused of involvement in an armed anti-government group.

White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said that the executions are a low point in the Islamic Republic's unjust and ruthless crackdown on peaceful dissent. He said killing political prisoners for exercising their rights will further isolate Iran, not bring the country the respect and legitimacy it seeks.

The executions mark an escalation in Iran's crackdown on opposition to the government following last year's disputed presidential election. Though the two men hanged Thursday were arrested before the election, they were tried alongside opposition leaders and activists during the protests that followed.

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