June 21st, 2009
08:45 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama to Iran: 'The whole world is watching'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/20/iran.obama/art.white.house.afp.gi.jpg caption="Iranian women demonstrate Saturday in front of the White House, where President Obama issued a statement."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama called Saturday for the Iranian government to refrain from violence and injustice against its own citizens.

"The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching," Obama said in a White House statement. "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."

He said the United States stands with all who seek to exercise what he called the universal rights to assembly and free speech.

The statement came as Iranian security forces cracked down Saturday on demonstrators in Tehran in continuing protests against the outcome of Iran's June 12 election.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. B.H.

    Thank God Obama is at the wheel and not McCane right now.

    June 21, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Longhorn#1

    What is that supposed to mean OBAMA. Or you another one of the Presidents with a big stick mouth and a little switch when it comes down to getting with it.

    June 21, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Matt B

    I think President Obama should give another speech, it really seems to be working with Iran and N Korea. Personally, I appreciate the "reach out the hand, all you need to do is unclinch the fist" approach. What a joke, there are young people in Iran dying right now as they fight for their votes to count and President Obama is "afraid" to seem like he is interfering.

    President Obama is actually making me wish we had the failed GW era back. There is NO way N Korea would threaten to launch a missle at the US under that administration. Of course, these speeches are getting better by the day.

    June 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. ck

    Yes Obama, and they are watching you too.

    Its time to do something other than place blame on the US and apologize for it so you can be popular.

    June 21, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Dawn in Pa

    B.H. June 21st, 2009 11:48 am ET

    Thank God Obama is at the wheel and not McCane right now.


    Your not whistling dixie, he would have another expensive war, oh well that is ok! Remember bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? NOOOOO. We can not afford another war,

    We can keep a close eye on the situation, and instead of McCain's saying of an old Beach Boys song bomb Iran, It would be from the Beatles, Revolution...

    June 21, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. joe m

    This has crossed the lines of a simple contested election. Condeming the words and actions of Iran's leadership is , at this time, appeopriate. Iran, under the current leadership, will never agree to negotiate with the US in good faith. There is nothing to be lost by a stronger declaration by the president.

    June 21, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Imarriedmy sister in TheOleSouth

    Wow they great great without their burkas,

    June 21, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. annie s

    Thank goodness we have a President that knows how to give a measured response. This is an extremely delicate situation and America can not be seen as meddling in Iran's business. In the battle for the hearts and minds of Middle Easterners, this response is far superior to more saber rattling. I agree with B.H., thank heavens we have Barack Obama to lead us and not John McCain.

    June 21, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. independent jamaican

    I am trying to understand why would the U.S. try to get involve in an affair that's not theirs at this point in time? I strongly believe the elections were rigged and stolen. But your history with the iranians in the 20th.Century suggest a different approach might be necessary, one of respect for the soverignty of a nation and to support in such a way that is not medlling. I don't agree with all of Obama's policy but I respect his stance at this time on the situation.

    June 21, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Jane

    This is an appropriate response by Obama. Iran is alienating itself from all democratic nations by abusing it's citizens in this manner. The Iranian government needs to comprehend the power it will lose in the world by behaving thus. They need to find a way to transition to a change in leadership. Hold another election monitored by the United Nations by invitation and comply with the results, saying whatever they need to say to "save face." The young and middle aged people in Iran will not tolerate dictatorship for long.

    June 21, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. james

    Iranian protesters in America are better loooking than the protesters in Iran.

    June 21, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Longhorn, Matt B and CK – Do shut up. Or stop your macho posturing and sign up for military duty already. You talk a good game but do nothing.

    June 21, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |