TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader says there's no
election fraud and issued a stern warning today that massive
demonstrations must stop.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sided with hardline President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad and offered no concessions to the opposition in remarks
during Friday prayers at Tehran University.
He effectively closed any chance for a new vote by calling the
June 12 election a "definitive victory."
The speech created a stark choice for candidate Mir Hossein
Mousavi and his supporters: drop their demands or take to the
streets again in blatant defiance of the man endowed with virtually
limitless powers in Iran.
Khamenei said the 11 million votes that separated Ahmadinejad
from his top opponent, Mousavi, was proof that fraud did not occur.
So far, the government has mostly allowed the protests to take
place. But Khamenei opened the door for a much harder crackdown.