WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging Iran to release all political prisoners.
Clinton also expressed misgivings hat several Iranians are in danger of imminent execution for speaking out against the disputed June 2009 presidential balloting.
In a written statement, Clinton also urged solidarity with the Iranian people, saying the United States is deeply concerned that Iran is denying its citizens their civil rights.
Clinton did not say why she was speaking out on this issue now.
Earlier in the day her spokesman, P.J. Crowley, told reporters that human rights is likely to be on the agenda if the U.S. and Iran — joined by Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany — meet, as expected, this year to discuss Iran's nuclear program.