June 23rd, 2009
12:51 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama: Iran still has a path to international acceptance

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Iranian regime still has a clear, open path to international acceptance, despite the violence of the recent crackdown in Tehran.

"There is a peaceful path ... to legitimacy," Obama said, and "we hope they take it."

The president said Iran's "faith, sovereignty, and traditions" can be accepted while the country's government nevertheless adheres to a set of "international norms and principles" regarding violence and the right of peaceful dissent.

He argued that a broad cross section of Iranians have serious questions about the legitimacy of the June 12 election. Ultimately, he said, it is up to the Iranian people to decide what to do to resolve the current crisis.

The president made his remarks during a news conference at the White House.

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  1. JonDie

    As much as most of us don't like the Iranian regime, that regime's crimes pale in comparison with the crimes committed by the Bush regime after our own Supreme Court of Republican Ayatollahs selected Bush as president against the wishes of the American people.

    June 23, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    We all know Republicans want to criticize President Obama on any and every issue, which is their right and responsibility as the opposition party.

    But, we also know that Republicans would like us to go to war with Iran, and North Korea, and in Pakistan, and any and every other country that dares to defy the United States, which is unrealistic.

    Republicans are also happy to pay billions of dollars to go to war, but complain and refuse to lift a finger to help their fellow Americans unless they're rich Americans, which is inhumane and un-American.

    Republican's priorities are mixed up. But, if they can scream loud enough about it, maybe they can win seats in Congress next year. Maybe their plan will work, or maybe not.

    Perhaps they'll come up with good ideas for America, but I seriously doubt it, so they'll have to resort to win elections by telling Americans to be afraid and by complaining about President Obama. But, perception is not reality.

    June 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Leave the light on for them Obama. Don't do what the Republiklans want and slam the door in their face. Stay true to your inner voice of reason.

    June 23, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Lisa

    And i say this President is 100% right on this one. The logic behind his thinking is flawless. Why do the U.S. always want to step in matters without allowing them to take their natural course. If McCain or even Bush were president right now, the U.S. would be knee deep in another war and would trying to find a way to get out of it. Common Sense is just not so common.

    June 23, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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