President Barack Obama er bekymret for manglende respekt for demokratiske prinsipper i Iran. Det er et varsel om at USA ikke kan se på at det iranske folket frarøves sine demokratiske rettigheter.

Obama sier en hel verden er inspirert av det iranske folkets engasjement. Det ligger en klar beskjed til lederne i dette budskapet: Vi er klar til samtaler, men hvis dere fortsetter å undertrykket folket vil regimets posisjon og makt være svekket. Da har dere liten legitimitet. Obama antyder også at det da kanskje vil være vanskelig å komme til enighet om noe som helst.

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he was «deeply troubled» by the violence in Iran.

«The democratic process, free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent — all those are universal values and need to be respected,» he said.

Obama stressed that the United States respected Iran’s sovereignty and could not judge how the election was run because neither U.S. nor international observers were present.

«The Iranian government says that they are going to look into irregularities that have taken place,» Obama said.

«It’s important that moving forward, whatever investigations take place are done in a way that is not resulting in bloodshed and is not resulting in people being stifled in expressing their views.»

Obama said the world was inspired by Iranian demonstrators who marched against what they say was a rigged election.

«To those people who put so much hope and energy and optimism into the political process, I would say to them that the world is watching and inspired by their participation, regardless of what the ultimate outcome of the election was,» Obama said.

Obama, a Democrat who has taken criticism from his Republican opponents for trying to engage with U.S. foes, said the election results did not alter his desire for direct diplomacy with Tehran.

«We will continue to pursue a tough, direct dialogue between our two countries and we’ll see where it takes us,» Obama said.

«The use of tough, hard-headed diplomacy — diplomacy with no illusions about Iran and the nature of the differences between our two countries — is critical when it comes to pursuing a core set of our national security interests.»

Obama troubled by Iran post-election violence