WH: Poisoning of school girls in Iran 'unconscionable'

STORY: "If these poisonings are related to participation in protests then it is well within mandate of the UN's independent international fact-finding mission on Iran to investigate," said Jean-Pierre.

Over 1,000 girls have suffered poisoning since November, according to state media and officials, with some politicians blaming religious groups opposed to girls' education.

"The possibility that girls in Iran are being possibly poisoned simply for trying to get an education is shameful and it's unacceptable," Jean-Pierre continued.

The poisonings have come at a critical time for Iran's clerical rulers after months of protests since the death of a young woman held by police for flouting hijab rules.