The United States called for Iran to respect human rights and ensure an impartial judiciary, but stopped short of condemning the execution of an Iranian nuclear scientist accused of spying for Washington.
The whereabouts of Shahram Amiri, 39, had been unknown since 2010. On Sunday, an Iranian judiciary spokesman announced he had been hanged.
US State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau refused to address Amiri’s case specifically but noted that, in general, American officials urged Tehran to respect human rights.
“We reaffirm our calls on Iran to respect and protect human rights to ensure fair and transparent judicial proceedings in all cases,” she said at a press briefing.
“We have constantly and publicly expressed our concerns about Iran’s human rights records through a range of channels.”