By Duncan Smith
Don’t look now but Iran’s hardline regime has another hardliner for president, Ebrahim Raisi.
Ordinarily, we’d yawn at developments like these in Iran because there are no ‘moderates’ in government, like we’re led to believe (mostly by Democrats).
Iran, in general, has behaved much differently since Donald Trump’s reelection was stolen from him.
The mullahs and this new president have no fear of the U.S. anymore because they have no respect for the man being called president, Joe Biden.
That much is apparent in Iran’s behavior since the November elections.
But this hardliner may be different.
It could be he has a death wish.
He appears to be miscalculating that Biden is actually running things, not ideologues who are otherwise competent when it comes to defending the country.
Zero Hedge reports:
In his first press conference since his landslide victory in Friday’s national election, Iran’s president-elect Ebrahim Raisi on Monday said he’s not willing to meet with President Biden at any point nor is he willing to negotiate on the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program.
But crucially he did endorse ongoing efforts in Vienna for a restored JCPOA nuclear deal, stressing that Washington must immediately ease and drop sanctions in fulfillment of its own original obligations under the deal. “The U.S. is obliged to lift all oppressive sanctions against Iran,” he stressed.
Raisi gave a quick and simple “No” when asked about a potential future meeting with Biden in connection to nuclear deal negotiations. The Associated Press described that “He frowned and stared ahead, without elaborating. His moderate competitor in the election, Abdolnasser Hemmati, had suggested during campaigning that he might be willing to meet Biden.”
This certainly seems like Raisi is indicating a) nuclear weapons development will continue b) along with the ballistic missiles to deliver them.
Surely he can’t believe that even a hapless Biden regime won’t respond if provoked, right?