On Monday, seven weeks after Iran’s disputed presidential election, the country’s supreme leader endorsed the declared victor. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his blessing to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, clearing the way for Ahmadinejad to be sworn in on Wednesday for a second term. But later, there were reports of new clashes in Tehran between security forces and protesters who oppose Ahmadinejad.
A large trial began this weekend for those arrested in the violence and protests that followed the election. They included many prominent politicians and religious figures. Meanwhile, the U.S. is considering cutting off gasoline supplies to Iran if the country rejects offers to negotiate its nuclear program.
Trita Parsi, the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the possibility of gas sanctions, the trial of protesters and the Obama administration’s attempt to engage in negotiations with Iran.