News ID: 276512
Published: 0415 GMT November 08, 2020

Iranian officials react to Biden’s victory in US presidential elections

Iranian officials react to Biden’s victory in US presidential elections
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Supporters of US President-elect Joe Biden gather near the Texas capitol building to celebrate his victory in the 2020 presidential election in Austin, Texas on November 7, 2020.

Iranian officials hailed the end of Donald Trump’s tenure as the president of the United States after Joe Biden was elected as the country’s 46th president.

Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri said the era of Trump and his “adventurous and warmongering team” has come to an end and that Iran would not forget the “maximum pressure” campaign of economic sanctions and the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

“I hope we will witness a change in the destructive policies of the US and a return to law and international commitments and respect for nations,” Jahangiri wrote in a tweet.

 

 

“Violation of international treaties, from the environment to economic and inhumane sanctions against the Iranian nation, and support for terrorism and racism formed the basis of Trump’s policies,” he noted.

He said the Iranian nation stood up to Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy, and won’t forget the pains caused by “the massive disruption of its livelihood, patients’ lack of access to medicines, and the assassination of dear General Soleimani.”

Relations between Iran and the United States have taken a turn for the worse since 2018, when Trump pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and reimposed crippling sanctions.

Trump also ordered the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq via a drone strike, for which Iran has promised “harsh revenge”.

The election of Biden could create an opportunity for new negotiations between Iran and the US. Vice president under President Barack Obama when Iran’s nuclear deal was reached, Biden has pledged to rejoin the nuclear deal.

 

‘Predestined verdict of history’

 

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said the ending of Trump’s presidency was a “predestined verdict of history”.

 

 

“The end of #Trump is not a surprise, it is the predestined verdict of history. Most people of #America rejected the record of all the failure of thinking that bullying and coercion were the solution to problems. Does the elected government understand that under the white frame of his picture in the White House, instead of the words ‘the forty-fifth president’, he should write: ‘A lesson for the future,’ ” Shamkhani said.

Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf posted a verse from the Qur’an and a short video of part of a speech by Hassan Nasrallah, secretary-general of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.

 

 

In the video, Nasrallah predicted that Trump would lose the election and that he is losing the West Asia region.

“When the US leaves our region, these Zionists will pack up and leave. We might not even have to fight a battle against Israel,” he said.

 

End of Trump’s political life

 

Hamid Baeidinejad, the Iranian ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the political life of a man “who only spread hatred” had “come to an end”.

“Trump couldn’t make Iran surrender and now his political life has come to an end while wishing for a phone call from Iran,” he wrote on Twitter.

 

 

Baeidinejad also attached a meme based on a famous photo from 1979, days before the revolution that birthed the Islamic Republic. The original photo showed two men on a bike, one holding a newspaper with the headline: “The shah is gone”. The meme had the headline changed to: “Trump is gone”.

Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Abbas Salehi said Trump was gone while Iran remains standing.

 

 

“Tomorrow and other days will also be the same!” he said in a tweet.

Hesameddin Ashena, adviser to President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted that Iran refused to bow down to US pressure, and Biden should learn from that.

 

 

“Iranians stood their ground bravely until that coward left,” he wrote.

“We stood against Trump’s America and refused to bow down through national resolve and Islamic zeal. If Biden comes [to office], we will tell him, too, that never test what has already been tested,” Ashena said in a tweet.

But some members of Parliament expressed skepticism that a Biden presidency bodes much better for Iran.

“Apparently, the world is rid of Trump, but the evil of American imperialism remains,” Tehran representative Nezameddin Mousavi wrote on Twitter.

 

Press TV, Reuters and Al Jazeera contributed to this story.

 

 

   
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