The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Statement by National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Iran
The United States strongly condemns the Iranian government’s organized intimidation campaign and arrests of political figures, human rights defenders, political activists, student leaders, journalists and bloggers. The Iranian government also continues to deny its citizens access to information by jamming satellite transmissions and blocking internet sites.
The United States and the world will continue to bear witness to the Iranian government’s blatant violation of the universal rights of its citizens and its ongoing hypocrisy. The Iranian government should allow active dialogue among its citizens, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly without fear. Iranians deserve the same justice and rights that their government extols the virtue of abroad.
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It is very good to see that the international community is about to wake up and face the facts. I believe the above statement, and the speech given by the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier today in Geneva, are to be considered amongst the strongest statements that the United States has made towards the revolutionary activities going on in Iran after about 20 months. However, there are still some such countries as the UK, France, Germany, Canada and other NATO members that have not reacted so strongly towards the on going events which I hope to see within the next few days or so.