Obama Rejects Demand That He Apologize for Criticizing Actions Against Protesters
By Thomas Erdbrink and William Branigin
TEHRAN, June 26 -- An influential Iranian cleric told worshipers Friday that those stirring unrest in connection with the recent election should be punished "ruthlessly and savagely" and convicted for waging war against God, a crime that under Shiite Islamic law is punishable by death.
In Washington, President Obama Friday condemned recent violence against protesters as "outrageous" and dismissed a demand by Iran's president that he apologize for similar previous comments. Obama suggested that it was President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who should be apologizing to Iranian victims and their families for the violent actions of security forces.
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