Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi said that “the next government will support the negotiations on the nuclear agreement in Vienna, but it will not link Iran’s future to it, and we will not accept that negotiations be draining.”
Raisi added – in the first press conference after announcing his victory in the elections – that the Americans are the ones who withdrew from the nuclear agreement, and they must return to it first, and also that the Europeans did not implement what they committed to in the agreement, and the Iranian people demand that they implement what was agreed upon and not be subject to Washington’s pressure .
Raisi stressed that the world should realize that the policy of maximum pressure on Iran was not feasible, and that the situation changed after the presidential elections.
“Our foreign policy will not start with the nuclear agreement and will not end with it, and we stress that it will be linked to broad and balanced dealings with all countries,” he added.
He stressed that Iran does not object to the return of diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, and that the priority is to improve relations with neighboring countries. He called on Saudi Arabia to stop interfering in Yemen immediately.
In a related context, Raisi said, “Iran’s ballistic missile program is not negotiable, despite demands from the West and the Gulf states that it be included in the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna.”
Internally, the elected Iranian president affirmed that his government will focus on achieving the aspirations of the Iranian people, by changing the living and economic conditions and fighting corruption.
“We still have mismanagement, lack of interest in young people, and an absence of justice, and therefore we hope to improve conditions, relieve the people and restore confidence in the government,” he said.
He stressed that the people’s broad participation in the recent elections carries a message to the whole world, that the people adhere to the principles of the Islamic revolution.
In response to a question about the demand of some human rights organizations to try him, Raisi said that he should be rewarded for defending the rights and security of the people.
He said that – as a man of law – he “always defended human rights,” adding that the US sanctions imposed on him for allegations of human rights violations came because of his work as a judge.
Raisi won the presidency of the Iranian Republic after obtaining 17,926,345 votes out of 28,933 thousand, according to the final results announced by Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, last Saturday.
The current president, Hassan Rouhani, is scheduled to hand over his position to the new president after 45 days.