This is a mistake on the part of the Iranian government. It is understandable that they want to stop the demonstrations, but this tact will only harden both side’s positions.
The protestors in Iran do not want to go away. I’m am hoping that this does not end the same way Tianamen did; that government is not famous for their patience.
The President of Iran is a nut. But apparently our government now realizes that sometimes we have to speak with nuts to move things along. It worked with North Korea, wonder what took them so long?