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Published: 0117 GMT June 22, 2021

Iran slams US ‘interference’ after election criticism

Iran slams US ‘interference’ after election criticism

Iran on Tuesday condemned US “interference” in its domestic affairs after the State Department criticized last week’s presidential election in the Islamic Republic.

Iran’s Judiciary chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi scored 62% of the vote in Friday’s election that had a 48.8% turnout. The US State Department said on Monday that it regretted that Iranians were unable to take part in a “free and fair electoral process”, AFP reported.

It also said the United States viewed the process that led to the victory of Raeisi as “pretty manufactured”.

“We consider this statement as an example of interference in Iran’s internal affairs and contrary to international law”, government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, adding, “We condemn it”.

“The US government is not in a position to comment on the electoral process in Iran or any other country”, he said.

Rabiei called the US democracy a “gaudy show”.

“There is no nation that does not know how flawed and biased democratic processes in the US are,” he said.

The spokesman advised the US to reform its own domestic affairs and “stop judging democratic processes” in other nations.

Iran and the United States have been sworn enemies for more than 40 years.

Tensions between them soared after then US president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a key nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed tough sanctions.

Trump’s successor Joe Biden favors rejoining the nuclear agreement and the remaining parties to the accord are engaged in negotiations in Vienna to try to salvage it.

Raeisi said on Monday he would not allow the negotiations to drag on.

“Any negotiations that guarantee national interests will certainly be supported, but... we will not allow negotiations to be for negotiations’ sake,” the president-elect said.

He also urged the US “to return to its commitment to the deal” and remove “all sanctions imposed on Iran”.



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