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Biden condemned suppression of protests by Iranian regime

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Joseph Biden
Joseph Biden
In an interview with ABC TV, US Vice President Joseph Biden condemned suppression of popular protests and demonstrations in Iran and said: "The whole world saw it. And it is -- we have to acknowledge as a free and sovereign nation that we abhor the violence that took place. We think it was inappropriate, the way in which they treated those protesters." Following is expert of the interview: Q: Let me turn to Iran. We’re three weeks out from their election. Biden: Yes. Q: Do you have any doubt it was stolen? Biden: What I don’t want to do is play into the hands of the supreme leader and Ahmadinejad like they’re blaming the British now. You know, there -- that the reason why there was unrest is outside influence. Q: They’re saying they have confessions from reformers saying that. Biden: Well, you know, they say a lot of things. That’s simply not true. I think the dust hasn’t settled yet in terms of? I think it’s clear that the consequences of the way the election was conducted and the way that the election was declared -- who was declared the winner and how, is going to have a rippling effect. What that effect will be, I don’t know. I think we have to wait to see how this settles out and -- before we can make a judgment. Q: But there’s no doubt now that they responded violently to the election. Biden: Oh, there is no doubt about that. There is none. The whole world saw it. We have to acknowledge as a free and sovereign nation that we abhor the violence that took place. We think it was inappropriate, the way in which they treated those protesters. And so there is no question, we and the rest of the world looked at them and said, my lord, this is not the way to conduct? Q: And going forward, what next? What should the strategy be right now? Biden: Well, look, the Iranian government has a choice. They either choose greater isolation, and from the whole world, or they decide to take a rightful place in the -- in civilized, big, great nations. They can -- that’s the path they have to choose.