Iran’s President elect tells reporters he would not be willing to meet Biden

Iran’s President elect told reporters at a press conference that he would not be willing to meet U.S. President Joe Biden and called himself a ‘defender of human rights’ when asked about his involvement in 1988 mass executions.”

On Friday, June 18th, the Iranian Presidential election took place leaving Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s Judiciary Chief, the new President of Iran. Raisi won in a landslide, taking 61.95 percent of the vote in Friday’s election on a voter turnout of 34%, the lowest in the country’s history according to the AP and Al Jazeera news. During Raisi’s first remarks since being elected as Iranian President, he was asked if he would meet Biden if those sanctions were lifted, Raisi answered with a simple “No.”

Raisi also stated the U.S. is “obliged to lift all oppressive sanctions against Iran” and he called himself a “defender of human rights.” Raisi later stated he will back the revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but refuses to limit Iran’s missile capabilities or support for area militias. “It’s non negotiable,” he said. Iran’s missiles can travel 1,240 miles, and the country backs Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthi rebels in Yemen which are both terrorist groups, according to The Week.

Jen Psaki on Monday told reporters the U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with Iran, and that there aren’t any plans “to meet at the leader level, so it’s unclear that anything has actually changed on that front.” In 2018, President Donald Trump abandoned the U.S. from the nuclear agreement. Today in the year of 2021, Iran is enriching uranium at its highest level ever, 60 percent; weapons grade is 90 percent.

In a congratulatory letter, President Alvi of Pakistan congratulated Raisi and the people of Iran on successful presidential elections. “The Iranian people have reaffirmed their trust in your leadership for peace, stability and prosperity,” said the Pakistani President.“I hope that under your leadership strong fraternal ties between Pakistan and Iran will be further strengthened,” he said in the letter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday also congratulated Raisi on winning Iran’s presidential election, RIA news agency cited a press officer at the Russian embassy in Tehran as saying. Putin also expressed hopes for the “further development of a constructive bilateral cooperation” [Times Of India]. Other nations that have congratulated Raisi on his victory include Turkey, Syria, and Hamas, however, the New prime minister of Israel, Naftali Bennet warns global powers of the new Iranian leader and his power.


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