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