Iran’s President Refuses to Meet With Biden in Ultimate Power Move

Iran's President Refuses to Meet With Biden in Ultimate Power Move

( – Iran has a new incoming president: current Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi. But, to no one’s surprise, this new leader does not plan on making things easy for President Joe Biden. This week, the Iranian president-elect said he will not negotiate or even meet with President Biden about his country’s ballistic missile program or military and militia forces.

On Monday, June 21, president-elect Raisi held a press conference to celebrate his landslide victory in the election. He declared that “the US is obliged to lift all oppressive sanctions against Iran” and noted that his stance on the missile program and support of militias in neighboring regions is “non-negotiable.”

Looking at Raisi’s record, this hard-line against the US is not surprising. He is a protégé of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and was known to be involved in the mass execution of around 5,000 people in 1988. Raisi defended his action, saying he was a “defender of human rights.”

International lawyer and human rights activist Hillel Neuer was understandably dismayed at the news of Raisi’s victory:

Raisi’s hard stance on lifting sanctions will put President Biden and the White House to the test. Hopefully, our president is able to navigate this new international relationship with strength and finesse to keep our nation, and our world, safe.

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