The Bush administration yesterday demanded that Iran answer questions about President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s role as a possible ringleader of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
“The Iranian government, with respect to this question, has an obligation to speak definitively,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.
At issue are charges by several former American hostages who have identified Mr. Ahmadinejad as a leader of Iranians who held 52 U.S. diplomats and military personnel captive for 444 days.
President Bush, in an interview with several news agencies yesterday, said he was unable to confirm or refute charges by the former hostages against Mr. Ahmadinejad.
“But, obviously, his involvement raises many questions, and knowing how active people are at finding answers to questions, I’m confident they’ll be found,” Mr. Bush said.
Iran denied that Mr. Ahmadinejad, who was elected president a week ago, was involved in the embassy seizure…
So what? Let him repudiate it. Let him apologize for it. Let him show that he would not have been there if he could have been.