Clinton calls for "responsible" leaders in Iran

Published September 19th, 2010 - 06:51 GMT
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced her hope that "responsible" leaders will take control in Iran, in an interview to be aired Sunday. "And I can only hope that there will be some effort inside Iran, by responsible civil and religious leaders, to take hold of the apparatus of the state," Clinton told ABC News.

According to Clinton, the military, the Revolutionary Guard and other militia and military entities were increasingly wielding power. " And there should be a way out of this takeover of their political system and a threat to their dual system of elected and clerical leadership, because when you empower a military as much as they have to rely on them to put down legitimate protests and demonstrations, you create a momentum and unleash forces that you do not know where they will end up "

"And I know that that's a concern of people inside Iran," she noted. "We read reports coming out of Iran. And it is something that would be even more distressing for the Iranian people."

Clinton conveyed the most recent elections in Iran were "very flawed" and as a result elected officials were now turning to the military to enforce their power. "And there should be a way out of this takeover of their political system and a threat to their dual system of elected and clerical leadership, because when you empower a military as much as they have to rely on them to put down legitimate protests and demonstrations, you create a momentum and unleash forces that you do not know where they will end up," she said.

According to Clinton, many Iranians, even those who were originally sympathetic to the Islamic government, were starting to disagree with the system. "So we are very much in favor of and speaking out on behalf of individual cases and more generally the human political civil rights of Iranians." 

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