President Obama is concerned about violence in Iran directed at protestors, but he's making it clear, he will not get in the middle of the nations internal conflicts.
"It's not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling -- the U.S. President meddling in Iranian elections." Obama said at a White House Press conference with South Korean President Lee.
"When I see violence directed at peaceful protestors, when I see peaceful dissent being suppressed, wherever that takes place, it is of concern to me and it's of concern to the American people," Obama said. "That is not how governments should interact with their people."
In reaction to the fires burning in the streets and the overall demonstrations, Ayatollah Khameni, the highest ruling religious figure in Iran and its ultimate authority, announced Monday the government will conduct an investigation into the election.
The administration is walking a fine line in acknowledging actions taken by Khameni and the ruling government, whom the White House will have to deal with regardless of the final outcome of the elections.
"You've seen in Iran some initial reaction from the Supreme Leader that indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns about the election, "Obama said.
However, even with an investigation being ordered, the Ayatollah also made clear that he believes everyone in Iran will support the system. "In the elections, voters had different tendencies, but they equally believe in the ruling system and support the Islamic Republic," said Khameni.
Meanwhile, Iran's National Chief of Police announced new regulations for those wanting to have rallies or formal gatherings. "Iran's police announce that everyone who wants to hold a rally, gathering or ceremony, should get the necessary permission," said Esmaeil Ahmadi Moqaddam. "Otherwise the police will take legal action. Anyway the police are determined to enforce the laws and will strongly quell any unrest."
President Obama is unsure how the investigation will play out, but he made it clear it's up to Iran, no matter what happens. "How that plays out over the next several days and several weeks is something ultimately for the Iranian people to decide," he said. "But I stand strongly with the universal principle that people's voices should be heard and not suppressed."