In his first press conference after winning the elections, the new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday, “We will not We allow draining negotiationsReferring to the Vienna negotiations on the nuclear agreement, he stressed that Tehran’s foreign policy does not start with the nuclear agreement and will not be limited to it.
The hard-line president made it clear that the living conditions of the Iranian people would not be linked to the nuclear deal and negotiations. He stressed that his team will not pursue the nuclear negotiations for the sake of negotiation only.
He also sent a message of challenge to the negotiations that began last April in the Austrian capital, saying, “The ballistic missile program is not under discussion,” calling on Washington to lift all sanctions on his country.
Washington violated the agreement.
He accused Washington of violating the nuclear deal, and accused the European Union of failing to fulfill its obligations under the 2015 agreement
But he said, “We will continue to deal with all countries of the world as a broad and balanced principle of interaction in foreign policy,” stressing support for any negotiations that guarantee Iran’s interest.
As for the deteriorating living conditions in Iran, Raisi declared 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.”
It is noteworthy that Raisi faces many challenges in the coming period, most notably the burdensome economic situation in the absence of a clear strategy.
The president-elect has pledged to improve Iran’s economy and raise living standards for families by focusing on the country’s domestic resources, trade relations with allies, and boosting industrial production, but the challenges on the ground are significant, especially as US sanctions remain in place.
With regard to relations with neighboring countries, especially Saudi Arabia, the Iranian president declared that there are “no obstacles” to restoring diplomatic relations. “There are no obstacles on the Iranian side to reopening the two embassies,” he said.
Negotiations are tough
Raisi’s statements, especially regarding the nuclear negotiations, coincide with the assertion of the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, that those talks are difficult.
Borrell had expressed, in an interview with Al-Arabiya/Al-Hadath, earlier today, that he hoped that the change of leadership in Iran and the election of a major successor to Hassan Rouhani would not hinder efforts to reach an agreement. “We hope that the election results will not affect the progress of the Vienna talks,” he said.