Associated Free Press (Hosted by Google) | June 11, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday called “regrettable” the Iranian opposition’s cancellation of anti-government protests planned for this weekend, the anniversary of last year’s disputed presidential election.

“It is not only regrettable that the opposition cancelled demonstrations… but it demonstrates very clearly why the Iranian regime has caused so much concern throughout the world,” she told reporters here on a visit to the island nation.

Iranian opposition leaders earlier Thursday called off rallies planned for Saturday in part “to protect the lives and properties of the people,” Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi said in a joint statement.

In recent weeks both Mousavi and Karroubi had renewed calls for fresh presidential elections and said they rejected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s authority.

“When you look at the combination of their repression of their people, manipulation of their own elections, the fact they are an exporter and supporter of terrorist activities around the world, and the pursuit of nuclear weapons, it adds up to a very dangerous combination,” Clinton said.

“And therefore we stand in solidarity with the people of Iran as we have since the beginning of the administration,” she added.

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