Washington, DC – Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement about the situation in Iran:

"One can only admire the courage and commitment of the hundreds of thousands of Iranians – men, women, young, and old – who have taken to the streets in the aftermath of Iran’s presidential election to peacefully express their desire for change, as is their right. The campaign was characterized by unusually lively and relevant candidate debates, and it is heartening to see the Iranian people themselves engaging in meaningful political discourse. As the Iranian regime reacts to unfolding events, it should keep in mind that -- notwithstanding restrictions that it has imposed on the media -- the rest of the world is watching closely."

Berman plans to hold a hearing next month to examine developments in Iran.