While Ayatollah Khamanei’s address pleased conservatives in Iran it heightened concern among Western leaders.
The cleric condemned what he called foreign interference in Iran’s internal affairs. Tehran’s London ambassador was summoned to explain the Ayatollah’s reference to the British as “sinister”. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “We are with others, including the whole of the European Union unanimous today, in condemning the use of violence, in condemning media suppression. What we want is to have a good relationship with Iran in the future, but that depends on Iran being able to show to the world that its elections have been conducted fairly and that there is no unfair suppression of rights and individuals in that country.” The German leader voiced similarly concern. Chanceller Angela Merkel said the speech was disappointing. She said the election results needed to be investigated. “We hope for jusice in Iran in the next few days,” she said.