Raisi supports the Vienna negotiations..and defends executions


Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi said that “the next government will support negotiations on the nuclear agreement in Vienna, but it will not tie Iran’s future to it.” “We will not accept that negotiations are draining,” he added.

Raisi said in a press conference, “The Americans are the ones who withdrew from the nuclear agreement, and they must return to it first. Also, the Europeans have not implemented what they committed to in the agreement, and the Iranian people are asking them to implement what was agreed upon and not to submit to Washington’s pressure.”

Raisi added that “the world must realize that the policy of maximum pressure on Iran was not feasible, and that the situation changed after the presidential elections,” explaining that the ballistic missile program is not negotiable.

For his part, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Khatibzadeh said that Tehran does not rule out that the negotiators meeting in Vienna will reach an agreement during the next round of negotiations.

He explained that his country would like to obtain a guarantee that Washington would not withdraw from the nuclear agreement in the future after its return to it, stressing that the reports that the agreement became contingent on the lifting of US sanctions on people are not accurate at all.

In Vienna, on Sunday, the sixth round of talks to return to compliance with the nuclear agreement concluded with the departure of members of the negotiating delegations to their countries for consultations, amid a positive atmosphere about the imminence of reaching an agreement.

On the other hand, Raisi discussed during his press conference the deteriorating living conditions in Iran, saying that “the people want to change the living conditions and fight corruption.” He expressed his appreciation for “the services provided by the various governments” after the Khomeini revolution, pointing out that he had the “Seventh Development Program in cooperation with Parliament and the Expediency Council.”

Regarding Iranian-Saudi relations during his government’s term, Raisi said: “There is no obstacle on the part of Iran to reopen the embassy in the two countries. Iran has no objection to the return of relations and talks with Saudi Arabia.”

In response to a question about his first decision as president, he said: “On the first day, we will order the elimination of all foundations of corruption and nepotism.”

Raisi attacked those who “claim” defending human rights, and demanded that they “know that we are in the position of claiming, and that all the actions I took were in defense of human and human rights.” “As a judge and a jurist, I was in a position to defend human rights,” he added.

Regarding the human rights sanctions against him, and the reports of executions during his tenure of the judiciary, Raisi replied, “I have been a defender of human rights, since the beginning of my responsibility as a man of law. I have pursued human rights in all my responsibilities.”

He spoke about his vision for the formation of the next government, saying that it “will be revolutionary, anti-corruption, and supported by the people.”

Regarding the agreement with China, he stressed that “the implementation of the comprehensive agreement with China will be on the agenda of the next government.”

He pledged to provide the necessary for the return of Iranians abroad, considering that he is responsible for all of them. He also urged Iranians abroad to invest in their country, and that “Iran is the best and safest place for their investments.”

Raisi won the elections with a voter turnout considered the weakest in Iran since the victory of the Iranian revolution, as it reached 48.8 percent.


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