Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Iran Protests Not 'Foreign Backed'

09/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Iran's supreme leader has said that he has no proof the leaders of the post-election violence in June were backed by foreign states.

In a statement read on state television by a news reader on Wednesday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said claims that the US and Britain backed the protesters had not been "proven".

"I do not accuse the leaders of the recent incidents to be subordinate to the foreigners, like the United States and Britain, since this issue has not been proven for me," Khamenei said in the statement.

On August 3, Khamenei hailed the "unprecedented" vote that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, to power.

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