U.S. condemns ‘explicit’ calls to violence by Egypt's Brotherhood

Brotherhood leader Asem Abd-ElMaged delivers a speech to supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans during a protest in Cairo July 7, 2013. (Reuters)

The United States on Monday condemned the “explicit” calls to violence by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and asked the military to exercise 'maximum restraint.'

The U.S. call came following a bloody carnage in which more than 50 people were killed outside the Egyptian

White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday that the United States remains concerned about the increasing violence and political polarization in Egypt, and has called on the transitional authority to avoid reprisals, arrests and restrictions on the media.

When asked how long it would take to determine whether Egypt's military had carried out a coup by forcing Mohammad Mursi from power, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration was wary of moving “unnecessarily quickly,” according to Reuters.

Carney said the issue is complex and difficult, adding that the United States is reviewing its obligations under the law and will consult with Congress.

He said the decision about what to call Mursi's ouster will be in line with U.S. policy objectives. He says the U.S. isn't supporting any side in the conflict but wants a democratic process.

He said it is not in best interest of the United States to immediately change aid program to Egypt.

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