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Team Obama Takes Tough Line on Iran

10:30 AM, Aug 5, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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The BBC reports:

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been sworn in for a second term as Iran's president, after weeks of post-election unrest. Opposition supporters who dispute the poll result have gathered near the parliament building where the ceremony was held to protest.

Germany, France, Britain and the US all said they would not be sending letters of congratulation to Mr Ahmadinejad.

A friend emails: "I hear we're also refusing to supply sparkling water and cookies at the bilateral talks when they happen. Only tap water. One must show strength before the enemy."