President Barack Obama has just issued this statement 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 bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.

Steve Clemons sees an Obama shift on how to respond to Iran with notable Joe Biden influence.

JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
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  • chassika

    If the new voice in Iran isn’t heard, is stifled, crippled by the religious authoritarians, how can we work with Iran? The regime is a hoax. At some point, and who knows when, we are going to have to say and do more. Ultimately, they will have to bring on the revolution; they’re going to want to win this on their own. Sad to say, people will have to die, but they’ll truly be dying for a great cause–Freedom! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for them.