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Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi says 'no' to meeting Joe Biden

Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi says 'no' to meeting Joe Biden



Iran's new president-elect held his  first news conference since winning the  high-stakes election  60-year-old ibrahim raici is a hardliner  known for his dislike of the west  and when asked about the prospect of  meeting u.s president joe biden amid  strained u.s iran ties  the president-elect replied with a  simple no  let's now bring you some highlights of  rice's remarks  when it comes to iran's foreign policy  risi emphasizes that it will not be  limited  by its 2015 nuclear agreement with world  powers  this comes as iran seeks to salvage the  nuclear deal and get rid of wide-ranging  u.s sanctions that have tripled its  economic growth  listen in our people have shown that  they resist various pressures  and they must know that the foreign  policy of our administration  does not start with the jcpoa and will  not be limited to it either  we will view interaction with the world  as an expansive  and balanced interaction in foreign  policy  risi said that the u.s had violated the  deal while the european union had failed  to fulfill its commitments  next ryze he said that iran's foreign  policy would instead focus on improving  ties with its gulf arab neighbors  he also called on regional rival saudi  arabia to halt all intervention in yemen  referring to the saudis intervention in  the yemen war in 2015  after iran-backed houthi forces drove  its government out of the capital sana  and then speaking on iran's ballistic  missile program risi said that regional  and missile issues are not negotiable  they submit demands from the west to  include the same in the ongoing talks to  revive the nuclear pact  risi added that he should be rewarded  for defending his people's rights and  security  and when asked about his role in the  1988 mass executions  of some five thousand people he said  that as a jurist  he had always defended human rights now  remember the us has sanctioned him for  alleged human rights abuses  during his tenure as a judge experts in  the west say that rises victory will not  however alter  iran's negotiating prowess when it comes  to the nuclear deal  because the ultimate say on all major  policy will continue to be with supreme  leader ayatollah khamenei  let's now tell you a little bit more  about the man that iranians have elected  as their new president in the most  polarized election  since the formation of the islamic  republic of iran in 1979  ibrahim raisi's election comes at a  critical time for tehran  raisi will serve as number two in iran  as a trusted lieutenant of the ayatollah  ibrahim born in northeastern iran's  mashaad  growing up in a clerical family rise he  studied under several prominent scholars  including kamini himself  following the 1979 revolution he joined  the prosecutor's office  rise he's associated with one of the  darkest chapters in iranian history the  mass execution of 1988  after the iraq iran war he was a part of  a so-called death commission  that looked over the execution of  thousands of political prisoners  risi's rise in iran's judicial system  was coupled with ayatollah khamenei's  accession  to power as the supreme leader of iran  he was appointed as iran's attorney  general in the year 2014  raji then became the custodian of aston  kurds rajavi in 2016  one of iran's wealthiest charitable  foundations  in 2019 khamenei picked rishi to become  iran's chief justice  the hardline judiciary chief is a closer  ally of the supreme leader  and this is raising second time running  for iran's presidential office  earlier in 2017 he lost his bid to  hassan rouhani  however he managed to bag a good share  of 15 million votes  but this time with the vetting of  candidates the supreme leader made sure  that all the odds were stacked in rice's  favor  many even call him the likely successor  to kamini as a supreme leader  of iran  now for more on ricey's recent remarks  joining me live now from tehran is  sayyid mustafa hoshem  a political analyst and editor-in-chief  of iran's fars news agency thank you so  much for joining us  let's begin our discussion by talking  about rice's remarks today  when asked about meeting the u.s  president joe biden in the future he  replied with an emphatic  no so how will this be perceived  hello thanks for having me well there is  no reason to meet joe biden why should  he be willing to  meet biden he explained it himself when  the u.s has defied all his undertakings  on the jcpoa  and when the u.s is not willing to  resolve the conflict  uh all throughout the past 20 years then  why should he be willing to go and meet  him for what purpose  as a matter of fact in the last two  decades there have been  six agreements between iran and the  united states or its  three european allies in all these  agreements based on what u.s and  european experts and officials have  stressed  iran has always remained in full  compliance with its undertakings  including  the undertakings that it had under the  jcpoa  but because iran always  thought that the opposite side is  looking for a conflict resolution that's  why  iran has a state loyalty undertakings  but  the opposite side the americans as well  as europeans  they have defined their undertakings and  they have never removed the sanctions  because their underlying and hidden and  covert agenda has always been containing  iran they've been pursuing a containment  strategy  and not a conflict resolution therefore  what ray c says is that the u.s  would go nowhere with iran if they  insist on the containment strategy  they should shift towards a conflict  resolution approach  right now the president-elect also said  that iran's foreign policy will not be  limited by the nuclear deal and that the  focus will be on ties with gulf  neighbors  what's your take on the same well  you know all throughout the past two  decades as i just explained  because of american pressures and  sanctions and hostilities  in their support of from the european  side  um iran's main  efforts and look has always  been fixed on how to remove the  sanctions and how to deal with the  united states  so it has paid less attention  to other work countries especially those  in the region the neighboring countries  it has not done enough to expand ties  with  india china russia latin america and  africa  because it is full it has been focused  on beiton  with the united states and the west  therefore the  new revolutionary government is coming  up  with a some kind of evolution in its  foreign policy strategy  it's based on a broad strategy that is  all-inclusive second there will be some  kind of balance  and ties with the world countries and  iran's look will not be just fixated on  america and the west uh and third  iran will be more active to develop ties  with the original states and fourth the  ultimate  and uh goal and the priority  is economy iran's uh  foreign policy strategy from now on will  be economy oriented  and directed by increasing foreign trade  right now ricey also defended his time  as a judge saying that he has always  defended human rights  this while there are u.s sanctions  against him for human rights violations  so is there any truth to his statement  oh yes of course because take a look at  what has been happening in the past 20  years in this region by the united  states and its allies they are notorious  for  their uh manslaughter in afghanistan and  iraq  in in the last round of elections you  could see what happened  in the u.s since the last election in  the u.s they could no more preach  other nations about human rights and  democracy  and also take a look at what they're  doing with their allies  if they really care about human rights  then why have they  not done anything with regard to the  saudi crown prince  who butchered a journalist  also they have been backing off  dictators for  60 years that's not what i say it was  stressed and acknowledged by former u.s  secretary  of state condoleezza rice at the senate  hearing  in 2006 so they  do not care about human rights as donald  trump said  he and the united states they just care  for economy  and their hegemony throughout the world  and not democracy and human rights  right my final question um right we're  just running a little short on time  so my final question for you how will  rice's recent remarks affect iran's  relationship with the west particularly  the us  and the eu well as i just said  if they uh approach iran  towards a conflict resolute through a  conflict resolution approach  and if they respect their undertakings  under the nuclear deal then  that would be okay but let's not forget  that europe  is not just the troika the three  european states germany france  and the uk there are other european  states that are in good terms with iran  that are  willing to work with iran and expand  ties with iran  like spain like italy and i do believe  that there will be some kind of  balancing in iran's relations  with the other world states i mean uh  rather than focusing on the united  states canada and these  uh three european troika i believe from  now on we would see  more efforts and industrious efforts in  order to expand  uh foreign trade and uh foreign policy  with other states that stay outside the  domain of these four countries it  doesn't mean that iran  would ignore the u.s or the troika  no there is a package a complicated and  detailed package  for how to deal with the united states  if they stay adamant  to uh complying with their undertakings.

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