Nightly News   |  September 18, 2009

Protests turn violent in Iran

Sept. 18: Opposition protestors and government supporters clashed in the streets of Tehran Friday as Iranian President Ahmadinejad tried to stir up more antagonism against Israel. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>> thanks.

>>> now, to iran . for the first time since mid-july, there were massive protests in the streets. we heard from their leader exclusively last night. tried to stir up hatrid with israel.

>> reporter: protestors armed with stones up against security forces with tear gas and batons. the former president, also in the crowd, many wearing the green color of opposition movement. all of this, while president ahmadinejad at an antiisraeli meeting. they call it a lie. comments the white house condemned as hateful. with ahmadinejad cocking to the u.s., the u.s. says iran face as choice, cooperation on the nuclear issue or defiance and isolation.

>> we have seen them engaged in a campaign of politically motivated arrests, show trials and suppression of free speech . nontheless, we remain ready to engage with iran .

>> reporter: the administration took a big step in enlisting russia to squeeze iran by downsizing a program russia hates. today, putin calls it brave.

>> translator: we welcome this development. we think that this is a sign leading to change.

>> reporter: iran agreed for the first time in years to talk to the u.s. we want to avoid antagonizing iran now.

>> a lot of different positions there and ahmadinejad is not necessarily getting a lot of support within the regime at this point.

>> reporter: officials say the talks have to produce results by the end of the year or iran will face tougher sanctions.

>>> ann curry 's interview will air at 1:00 p.m . eastern time on msnbc. when "nightly news"