Larijani blasts U.S., French officials

Aug. 13, 2009 at 1:20 PM
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TEHRAN, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Comments by U.S. and French officials on the state of affairs in post-election Iran are a sign of failed diplomacy, the Iranian speaker of Parliament said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a Sunday interview with CNN that Washington was working behind the scenes to support the post-election protesters in Iran.

"We did not want to get between the legitimate protests and demonstrations of the Iranian people and the leadership," she said.

Unprecedented dissent gripped Iran following a disputed victory for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 presidential election. Tehran has since hauled in a number of dissenters that it claims sparked anti-government violence.

The Iranian reaction to street protesters and opposition movements provoked the ire of French and British officials as well.

Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani blasted U.S. and French officials for interfering in Iranian affairs, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting network reports.

"It is a sample of your position in today's world and your failure is originated from ailing diplomacy of America and general hate towards them," said Larijani.

In his speech before the Iranian Parliament, Larijani said it was time for Western powers to assess the political consequences of their moves.

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