Iran's supreme leader has issued a warning against any attempts to
destabilize the country, after reformists called for a referendum on
the government's legitimacy in the wake of the disputed presidential
In a speech to officials Monday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the country's elite should avoid making comments that can, in his words, help Iran's enemies. He also lashed out against the West for allegedly meddling in Iran's affairs.
Defeated presidential challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi issued a statement saying it is an insult to Iran's voters to suggest that opposition protesters are linked to foreign nations.
Earlier, former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called for a nationwide referendum on the government, in a bid to end Iran's post-election crisis.
And, just days ago, another former Iranian president, cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said many Iranians still have doubts about the June 12 vote.
The opposition maintains that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second-term victory was rigged. Authorities deny the charge.
An ally of Mr. Ahmadinejad's, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi Mahmoud, said Mr. Rafsanjani's sermon at last Friday's prayers in Tehran was intended to provoke more opposition protests.
Meanwhile, First Vice-President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie has denied reports of his resignation.
Iran's state-run English-language Press TV network reported that Mashaie stepped down.
Mashaie has received fierce criticism from conservatives because he has stated that Iran is a friend of all people in the world, including Israelis.
Leading conservative Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami called on Mr. Ahmadinejad to reconsider Mashaie's appointment, saying it defies the president's constituency.