Updated: June 30, 2009
compiled by Cem Ertür
15 June 2009
1) Clinton: We hope the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people(13 June 2009)
2) Clinton Threatens to Attack Iran ‘The Way That We Did’ Iraq (7 June 2009)
3) Biden: We are not going to allow Iran to go nuclear (14 June 2009)
4) US President Obama: The clock is ticking (26 June 2009)
excerpt from: Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister Cannon
Joint press conference by US Foreign Minister Clinton and her Canadian counterpart Cannon, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 13 June 2009
|SECRETARY CLINTON: We watched closely the enthusiasm and the very vigorous debate and dialogue that occurred in the lead-up to the Iranian elections. 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. The United States has refrained from commenting on the election in Iran. We obviously hope that the outcome reflects the genuine will and desire of the Iranian people.
FOREIGN MINISTER CANNON: For Canada, on behalf of Canada, Canada is deeply concerned by reports of voting irregularities in the Iranian election. We’re troubled by reports of intimidation of opposition candidate’s offices by security forces. We’ve tasked our embassy officials to – in Tehran to closely monitor the situation, and Canada is calling on Iranian authorities to conduct fair and transparent counting of all ballots. […]
excerpts from: Transcript: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on ‘This Week’
Transcript of ABC-TV’s ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ programme on 7 June 2009
ABC News website, 7 June 2009
|CLINTON: […] I don’t think there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that, were Israel to suffer a nuclear attack by Iran, there would be retaliation.
ABC: By the United States?
CLINTON: Well, I think there would be retaliation. And I think part of what is clear is, we want to avoid a — a Middle East arms race […] and we want to make clear that there are consequences and costs.
Now, let me just put it this way: If […] they [i.e. the Iranians] believe that the United States might attack them the way that we did attack Iraq, for example…
ABC: Before they attack, as a first strike?
CLINTON: That’s right, as a first strike, or they might have some other enemy that would do that to them, part of what we have to make clear to the Iranians is that their pursuit of nuclear weapons will actually trigger greater insecurity, because […]
ABC: Because Israel will strike before they can finish?
CLINTON: Well, but not only that. I mean, other countries, other Arab countries are deeply concerned about Iran having nuclear weapons. […]
NBC “Meet the Press”
host: David Gregory
guest: Vice President Joseph Biden
Federal News Service, 14 June 2009
|NBC: […] Is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner of this election, as you see it?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Well, you know, we don’t have all the details. It sure looks like the way they are suppressing speech, the way they are suppressing crowds, the way in which people are being treated, that there is some real doubt about that.
NBC: If these results are borne out, if Ahmadinejad remains in power, this administration has said it is willing to engage with Ira[n]. How do you go about doing that? […] Is this president going to be the one who allows Iran to go nuclear, or is he the president who stops it?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: He’s going to be the president who stopped it, God willing. We are not going to allow Iran to go nuclear […]
US President Obama: The clock is ticking
[…] [The Iranian people’s] bravery in the face of brutality is a testament to their enduring pursuit of justice. The violence perpetrated against them is outrageous. […] There is no doubt that any direct dialogue or diplomacy with Iran is going to be affected by the events of the last several weeks. […]
[…] [W]e have a continuing set of national security interests that are going to have to be dealt with because the clock is ticking. Iran is developing nuclear capacity at a fairly rapid clip; […] Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons would trigger an arms race in the Middle East that would be bad not just for U.S. security, it would be bad for the security of the entire region, […]
[US President Barack Obama, joint press conference with German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, The White House, Washington DC, 26 June 2009]
 Remarks by Obama and Merkel in joint press conference in Washington
The White House website, 26 June 2009
Presidential election in Iran: selected items from the British press (13 June 2009)