Iran’s new president says he won’t meet with Joe Biden

Iran’s new president is saying he won’t meet with President Biden — refusing to barter over Tehran’s ballistic missile program, demanding America “lift all oppressive sanctions against Iran,” and insisting Iran will proceed funding regional militias, in remarks delivered Monday.

Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline decide who was elected president final week, is taking the helm in Iran because the Biden administration is engaged with world powers on rejoining the nuclear deal — talks which were underway since April in Vienna. ​

Raisi, a protege of Iranian supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday accused the US and the European Union of breaching the settlement the Obama administration brokered with Iran, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia in 2015.

Ebrahim Raisi says he is not open to meeting with Joe Biden.
Ebrahim Raisi says he is just not open to assembly with Joe Biden.
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Former President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reinstated financial sanctions in opposition to Tehran.

“The U.S. is obliged to lift all oppressive sanctions against Iran,” Raisi stated at his first televised information convention.

Asked if he would meet with Biden, Raisi responded: “No.”

And regardless of his serving on a “death commission” that ordered the execution of 5,000 Iranian political and army prisoners in 1988, Raisi touted his dedication to upholding human rights.

A banner depicting Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is illuminated in downtown Tehran on June 20, 2021.
A banner depicting Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is illuminated in downtown Tehran on June 20, 2021.
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“I am proud of being a defender of human rights and of people’s security and comfort as a prosecutor wherever I was,” he stated. “All actions I carried out during my office were always in the direction of defending human rights.”

“Today in the presidential post, I feel obliged to defend human rights​,” he added. ​​

The trials concerned members of an Iranian opposition group supported by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that launched a shock assault that was repelled by Iranian forces on the finish of the Iraq-Iran warfare.

Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran Deal in 2018.
Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran Deal in 2018.
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According to worldwide rights teams, members of the opposition forces, in addition to political dissidents, had been rounded up and executed. 

Raisi additionally stated points like Tehran’s help for regional militias like Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Yemen’s Houthi rebels and its ballistic missile applications had been “non-negotiable.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham and Israel’s newly minted prime minister on Sunday warned the Biden administration of the implications of rejoining the nuclear accord with Iran.

“There are no moderates on the ballot in Iran. The ayatollah is a religious Nazi, he controls the place. Religious zealots run the place. Why in the world do you want to give massive enrichment capability to the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, I don’t know,” Graham (R-SC) stated on “Fox News Sunday.”​

Senator Lindsey Graham warned the Biden administration about joining Iran's nuclear accord.
Senator Lindsey Graham warned the Biden administration about becoming a member of Iran’s nuclear accord.
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He predicted that if ​the deal is rekindled, the Middle East could be thrust into an arms race and Israel would find yourself having to resort to pressure to neutralize the menace from Iran.

“If you go back into this deal with the Iranians, you’re going to have a nuclear arms race in the Mideast and you’re going to put Israel in a box so they have to use military force,” he stated. ​

Naftali Bennett, who ​changed Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister final week, suggested the US to “wake up.”​

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (C) chairs the first weekly cabinet meeting of the new government in Jerusalem, on June 20, 2021.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (C) chairs the primary weekly cupboard assembly of the new authorities in Jerusalem, on June 20, 2021.
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“Raisi’s election is, I would say, the last chance for world powers to wake up before returning to the nuclear agreement, and understand who they are doing business with,” Bennet​t stated. “A regime of brutal hangmen must never be allowed to have weapons of mass-destruction​.”​

With Post wires

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