Iran needs no one's permission to build missiles: Rouhani

by Abel Hampton April 18, 2017, 1:12

According to the Iranian media, Raisi may become the main rival of the incumbent president Hassan Rouhani.

Vetting starts today by the Guardian Council, an all-male body of 12 jurists and clerics who are close to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, which must approve all candidates before any elections. "It would be very unsafe to pin former President Ahmadinejad as being just a principlist... because there's a lot of the things that he has done within Iran in terms of internal policies that could qualify as being reformist".

Mr Ahmadinejad went against advice from the supreme leader, who warned him past year that running was "not in his interest and that of the country". Ahmadinejad previously served two four-year terms from 2005 to 2013 pushing forward Iran's nuclear program despite global opposition.

Many Iranians have grown impatient with the slow rate of improvement in their economic fortunes since global financial and trade sanctions were lifted after Iran curbed its disputed nuclear activity under its deal with six world powers.

But, despite remaining faithful to Iran's theocratic system, Rouhani has angered hardliners with his calls for improved relations with the West, more freedom of expression and an easing of strict Islamic rules.

Both Rouhani and Raisi on Friday avoided raising controversial issues, acquiescing to a longstanding demand by Khamenei who had urged a non-polarized election.

He is what is known as a seyed, meaning he traces his genealogy back to the Prophet Mohammed.

On Friday, Rouhani registered for the upcoming Iranian presidential election and defended the performance of his administration over the past four years. "I don't limit myself to a certain group, party or faction".

U.S. President Donald Trump has criticized the nuclear deal and said during his election campaign he would stop Iran's missile program.

"The conversation that he had... with Ayatollah Khamenei was really to be taken as a personal advice and a personal opinion of the leadership rather than an order", she said during Becker's Loud & Clear broadcast.

During the event, Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said the production of the Qaher F-313 and Kowsar jets was "a prelude to the production of heavy aircraft". The council has not allowed women to run in the past.

Millions of people demanded a re-run, but the supreme leader insisted the result was valid and ordered a major crackdown on dissent that saw dozens of opposition supporters killed and thousands detained.

The disputed re-election of Mr Ahmadinejad in 2009 triggered the biggest protests in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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