Clinton rejects victory claim by Iran’s Ahmadinejad
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) – The U.S. on Saturday refused to accept hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claim of a landslide re-election victory in Iran and said it was looking into allegations of election fraud.
“We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran, but we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at a news conference with Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Lawrence Cannon.
Minutes after Clinton spoke, the White House released a two-sentence statement praising “the vigorous debate and enthusiasm that this election generated, particularly among young Iranians,” but expressing concern about “reports of irregularities.”
Neither Clinton nor the White House mentioned Ahmadinejad or his chief rival, Mir Hossein Mousavi, by name.
Iranian authorities reported that Ahmadinejad was re-elected with 62.6 percent of the vote.