In wake of Iran's election, U.S. ready to forge path toward denuclearization

Following Iran's recent presidential election, the U.S. stressed its willingness to engage the government in a diplomatic solution to address the worldwide concern about Iran's nuclear program, the White House said on Saturday.

The White House released the statement a day after the election of Hojjatoleslam Doctor Hassan Rouhani in Iran's presidential election. The U.S. said that despite limits on Iranians freedom of expression during the election, it respected the vote of the Iranian people in shaping their future.

"We respect the vote of the Iranian people and congratulate them for their participation in the political process, and their courage in making their voices heard," the White House said. "Yesterday's election took place against the backdrop of a lack of transparency, censorship of the media, Internet, and text messages, and an intimidating security environment that limited freedom of expression and assembly. However, despite these government obstacles and limitations, the Iranian people were determined to act to shape their future."

The White House said it hoped the government of Iran would work on improving the future of its people, particularly when it comes to negotiations related to Iran's nuclear program.

"It is our hope that the Iranian government will heed the will of the Iranian people and make responsible choices that create a better future for all Iranians," the White House said. "The United States remains ready to engage the Iranian government directly in order to reach a diplomatic solution that will fully address the international community's concerns about Iran's nuclear program."