WASHINGTON - In a reversal of its decision to invite Iranian diplomats to July 4th American Independence Day celebrations, the Obama administration said Wednesday that the envoys would not be welcome at US diplomatic missions around the world because of Irans crackdown on protesters. July Fourth allows us to celebrate the freedom and the liberty we enjoy: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to assemble peacefully, freedom of the press, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. Given the events of the past many days, those invitations will no longer be extended. The administration had decided to invite Iranians to the celebrations at overseas posts as part of the president Barack Obamas policy of engaging the Iranian government. In late May the State Department sent a cable to its embassies and consulates worldwide informing them they may invite representatives from the government of Iran to their July Fourth celebrations. But in a fresh cable sent to all embassies and consulates Wednesday evening, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered posts to rescind all invitations that have been extended to Iranian diplomats for July Fourth events. Unfortunately the circumstances have changed and participation by Iranian diplomats would not be appropriate in light of the Iranian governments continued violent and unjust actions against its own people, said the cable. For invitations which have been extended, posts should make clear that Iranian participation is no longer appropriate in the current circumstances. For invitations which have not been extended, no further action is needed. A senior administration official said Mrs. Clinton made the decision, and then informed President Obama. The US receptions marking Independence Day usually feature symbols of Americana, such as hot dogs, red-white-and-blue decorations and remarks by US officials about Americas founding fathers. One senior administration official said Wednesday the reconsideration of the July Fourth invitations is consistent with Obamas comments Tuesday, in which he said he was shocked and appalled at the violence against demonstrators. Obama said Tuesday, If Iran chooses a path that abides by international norms and principles, then we are interested in healing some of the wounds of 30 years in terms of US-Iranian relations. On Tuesday, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said an invitation to Iranian diplomats would send the wrong message to Iranians who are bravely standing up for the same rights and freedoms which Americans celebrate on this day. Earlier this year, as part of the policy to engage Iran, Obama videotaped a message for the Iranian people on the Persian new year and US officials have engaged members of the Iranian government. In March, Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administrations special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, spoke briefly with Irans deputy foreign minister, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondzadeh, at an Afghanistan conference in The Hague. Administration officials believe the US will engage Iran at some point to address issues of US national security, including the nuclear issue, but the idea of bilateral engagement is in a holding pattern while the violence continues. I wouldnt say engagement is off the table, but it is certainly on ice, a senior administration official was quoted as saying in news reports.