Iran’s new president Raisi wants to end sanctions

Hard-line conservative Ebrahim Raisi was inaugurated as Iran’s president on Tuesday. In his first speech, he immediately made clear that he was committed to ending the economic sanctions imposed on his country. But he is not entirely sure. Britain wants to find an “appropriate response” to new drone attacks in the Gulf of Oman.

Raisi was inaugurated on Tuesday after Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved his election. “According to the people’s choice, I hereby declare that Ibrahim Raisi is wise, diligent, experienced and popular as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the Grand Ayatollah said in a decree read out by the Chief of Staff. Raisi will also be sworn in before Parliament on Thursday.

The 60-year-old Raisi won an award Presidential elections With about 62 percent of the vote. He is not an impeccable character. From 1985 to 1988, he was the deputy prosecutor in Tehran, a position that links him to the thousands of executions of political prisoners in the 1980s.

Penalties

Raisi reiterated in a speech on Tuesday that his administration would seek to lift US sanctions on Iran to raise. However, he does not expect other countries to help ease the economic and social crisis in the country.

“Certainly we will fight for the lifting of the unjust sanctions, but we will not link the living conditions of the nation to the will of foreigners,” he said at the honoring ceremony.

Drones

The swearing-in comes at a time when unrest in the Gulf of Oman is once again escalating. Last week, two people on a Japanese ship were killed in a drone attack there. It’s British and Romanian. The ships have been a target there for some time, but according to British media, these are the first deaths in years.

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British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said yesterday that Iran was “probably” behind the attack. No concrete sanctions have been announced, but Raab says he is considering an “appropriate response to this unacceptable attack”.

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