WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama marked the Persian New Year, Nowruz, by reaching out to Iranian youth, saying the future of their country is in their hands and that he supports them.
"The future of Iran belongs to the young people -- the youth who will determine their own destiny," Obama said on Sunday in a video posted on the White House web site.
"Your talent, your hopes and your choices will shape the future of Iran, and help light the world. And though times may seem dark, I want you to know that I am with you," Obama said.
As popular revolts sweep the Middle East, the United States has expressed solidarity with pro democracy activists in Iran. But Tehran has so far not seen the kind of major demonstrations taking place in other countries in the Mideast and Africa.