Violence in Iran

Obama: World 'Appalled'

In case there was any doubt, demonstrators in Iran can now strongly be sure that President Obama is on their side: He pronounced himself “appalled and outraged” by the “threats, beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days.” “I strongly condemn these unjust actions,” he said at a news conference. "I have made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not interfering in Iran's affairs. But we must also bear witness to the courage and dignity of the Iranian people, and to a remarkable opening within Iranian society. And we deplore violence against innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place."