Monday morning, Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi said he will not meet with United States President Joe Biden. Speaking to a crowd of reporters Raisi also said that Iran will not negotiate on Tehran’s ballistic missile program or its support of regional militias, the Associated Press first reported.
Raisi, who won in a landslide victory after an incredibly low turnout said that the United States is “obliged to lift all oppressive sanctions against Iran.” He is the first President-elect to be sanctioned by the U.S. even before entering office.
This comes after President Biden has returned to negotiations with the world’s state sponsor of terror. Recently, former Secretary of State told Fox News that the U.S. should not be engaging with the country or its Presdient-elect.
Fox News reports:
MIKE POMPEO: We left a lot of leverage for this administration, a couple thousand sanctions on the Iranian leaders and the economy. We built out a coalition of Gulf states and our friend and ally Israel, all work to keep containment on Iran to prevent them from having the money, the resources, all of the things we saw. You remember when they flew pallets of cash to Iran a few years back. This administration was given an enormous amount of leverage to put pressure on the Iranians. You talked about the enrichment you can see they are firmly committed to putting pressure back on the United States so they will get more concessions at the table. Just this week they elected a fellow named Ebrahim Raisi as their new leader. He’s got the blood of thousands of people on his hands. This is not someone we ought to be talking to. It’s not a regime we should be engaged with. We ought to have the maximum pressure campaign to force this regime to change its behavior.
Pompeo was referencing Raisi’s involvement in a 1988 mass execution of more than 5,000 people.
Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also warned against involvement with Raisi and noted that under no circumstance should Tehran hold nuclear weapons.
Fox News reports:
“Raisi’s election as president of Iran is a signal to world powers that they need to wake up,” Bennett said, according to the Jerusalem Post. “This may be the last signal a moment before returning to the Iran deal. They must understand who they’re doing business with and what kind of regime they are choosing to strengthen. A regime of executioners cannot have weapons of mass destruction.”