Iranian Americans are closely watching protests in Iran, where a government crackdown has led to the deaths of at least 21 people and the arrests of more than 400 over the past week. Thousands of counter-demonstrators have marched in support of the regime. Mike O’Sullivan reports that in the Iranian community of Southern California, the largest outside Iran, most are hoping for a peaceful resolution, and reform.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has promised unwavering U.S. support for the people of Iran. In an interview with VOA Wednesday, Pence was critical of the previous administration for doing what he said was too little to support Iranians protesting the controversial 2009 election. Observers say the current unrest is a result of long-simmering discontent with the country's repressive regime and signals its demise. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.