Obama said it would not be helpful if the United States was seen by the world as "meddling" in the issue.
U.S. can't be seen as 'meddling' in Iran, Obama says
Posted: 06/16/09 12:53 PM [ET]
"And I think the world has deep concerns about the election," Obama said. "You've seen in Iran some initial reaction from the supreme leader that indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns about the election."
But the president said "it's not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling, the U.S. president meddling in Iranian elections."
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
June 20, 2009
Statement from the President on Iran
The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.
Martin Luther King once said - "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bea
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