Tehran - Iran on Saturday condemned the use by Los Angeles police of a Taser electroshock gun on an Iranian-American student, state news agency IRNA reported.

Mostafa Tabatabainejad, 23, was given an electric shock by LA police on Tuesday after he argued with security staff at a library in the University of California, Los Angeles over an identity check.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini called the police action a clear violation of international and human rights and urged punishment of the police officers involved.

The spokesman told IRNA that violations of the rights of ethnic and religious minorities by police in the US was "quite usual."

Iranian state television broadcast amateur footage of the incident.

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