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Below is a link to a transcript in which US Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answers questions from reporters about Iran.
Text of Obama Comments on Iran During Interview with John Harwood:
Well, I think first of all, it’s important to understand that although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, that the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi in terms of their actual policies may not be as great as has been advertised. Either way, we were going to be dealing with an Iranian regime that has historically been hostile to the United States, that has caused some problems in the neighborhood and is pursuing nuclear weapons. And so we’ve got long-term interests in having them not weaponize nuclear power and stop funding organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. And that would be true whoever came out on top in this election.
Hundreds of people have been arrested in Tehran and taken to Evin, a high-securty prison infamous for its political prisoner’s wing after the 1979 Revolution. Since the protests were largely peaceful, it is unclear whether the arrested are protestors or activists responding to the media shut-down.
Time — Location — Address
NOW — LONDON — 16 Princes Gate (Iranian Embassy)
5pm, Tonight — VIENNA — Vienna Heroes Square
7pm, Tonight — TORONTO
4pm, Wednesday — BERLIN — Foreign Office, Berlin-mitte, Werderscher Markt
5-9pm, Wednesday — LISBON — Largo do Chiado
6-8pm, Wednesday — COLOGNE, GERMANY — Kölner dom
8pm, Wednesday — MADRID — Iranian Embassy
Wed & Thurs — DUBAI — Iranian Embassy
Many of these cities had protests yesterdays. Check their local newspaper websites for updates. Here is Toronto’s: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/650762.
There is no evidence of Iranian army moving into Tehran. Russian ties still possible.
There are high numbers of police at the rallies. Situation at Rashd is very calm.
Most Western news sources are still a few steps behind, but http://www.CNN.com/iran was just launched.
As the army advances on Tehran pro-Mousavi protesters are split between fear that they will be targeted and assurance that the Army has opposed Ahmadinejads orders. The world can only hope that there is not increased bloodshed because of the army today.