Iran’s President refers to U.S. presidential candidates as bad and worse

TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has become the latest addition amongst world leaders who’ve passed their judgment on the two presidential nominees in the U.S. battling ...

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TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has become the latest addition amongst world leaders who’ve passed their judgment on the two presidential nominees in the U.S. battling through the last month of their campaigns to win the White House. 

Rouhani, however, hasn’t endorsed either of the candidates. For him, it is a choice between ‘bad’ and ‘worse’.

Criticising the behavior of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as well as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the final presidential debates, Rouhani said, “Did you see the debate and the way of their speaking, accusing and mocking each other? Do we want such a democracy in our country? Do we want such elections in our country?”

“You see the United States that claims it has had democracy for more than 200 years. Look at the country, what the situation is where morality has no place,” he added while addressing a crowd in the Iranian city of Arak.

Rouhani also accused U.S. of lacking morality. In his speech, he said, “America claims it has more than 200 years of democracy, and they have had 50 presidential elections, but there is no morality in that country.”

Iran and U.S. had shared warm diplomatic ties until 1979. Although Tehran and Washington agreed on a nuclear deal in January, they are yet to resume diplomatic relations.

Trump, in his election campaign, had said he would tear up the nuclear agreement as it would help Iran acquire nuclear weapons. Clinton, however, said the agreement would refrain Iran from getting the means to make nukes.  

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has responded that he would happily "burn" the agreement if that was the case. He also claimed that Mosul Operation in Iraq was a trick for the election, similar to what Trump claimed in his speeches.  

“Democrats need the operations underway in Northern Mosul for victory in the upcoming presidential elections,” said Major General Rahim Safavi.

Meanwhile, criticising the American values and the way of thinking Khamenei had earlier said, “One of the most important parts of the Islamic Republic’s soft power is its complete distrust of the hegemonic powers, headed by the U.S. and this mistrust should increase day by day.”

Khamenei and the U.S. have never shared good relations. 

Relations have worsened since U.S.’ activity in the Persian gulf. 

U.S. had earlier claimed that Iranian vessels had harassed their vessels in the region. 

According to the U.S. Navy, Fifth Fleet spokesman Commander Bill Urban, several IRGC (Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution) boats maneuvered around two U.S. patrol ships, the USS Squall and USS Tempest, jeopardising U.S.’ position.

U.S. defense officials also claimed that four Iranian warships in the Strait of Hormuz sped close to two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers with their weapons uncovered which was ‘dangerous’ and could lead to escalation.

During a meeting in Tehran, Khamenei also warned without naming U.S. that any military aggression against the Islamic Republic would be met with a harsh response.

With Iran to go in for Presidential elections in 2017, in which Rouhani is expected to be re-elected, chances of warm relations between both the countries have been dying down.


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