December 5, 2022

Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi is seen as near supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (File)


The United States stated Saturday it regretted Iranians weren’t in a position to take part in a “free and fair electoral process” within the nation’s presidential election.

In the primary response from Washington to ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi’s election win, a State Department spokesperson stated “Iranians were denied their right to choose their own leaders in a free and fair electoral process.”

The United States will nonetheless proceed oblique talks with Iran on the US rejoining the 2015 nuclear accord that Donald Trump deserted, the spokesperson additionally stated.

In Iran’s election, many political heavyweights had been barred from operating. Raisi is seen as near 81-year-old supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds final political energy in Iran.

Many voters selected to remain away after the sector of some 600 hopefuls, together with 40 ladies, had been winnowed all the way down to seven candidates, all males, excluding an ex-president and a former parliament speaker.

Three of the vetted candidates dropped out two days earlier than Friday’s vote.

On the Iran nuclear accord, the State Department spokesperson stated oblique talks in Vienna between the US and Iran had made “meaningful progress” and that Washington needed to construct on this.

“We will continue discussions along with our allies and partners on a mutual return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” the spokesperson stated.

The discussions in Vienna, brokered by European diplomats, have been locked in dispute on which sanctions imposed on Iran could be lifted.

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