Clin­ton or Trump? It’s a choice be­tween ‘bad and worse’, says Iran

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IRA­NIAN Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said he had no pref­er­ence in the US elec­tion race be­tween Hil­lary Clin­ton or Don­ald Trump, say­ing it was a choice be­tween “bad and worse”.

“At the UN, the leader of a coun­try asked me which of the can­di­dates I pre­ferred. I re­sponded, ‘Do I pre­fer the bad over the worse, or the worse over the bad?’” Mr Rouhani said at a speech in Arak in cen­tral Iran.

The mod­er­ate pres­i­dent said he was struck by the way in which the Amer­i­can can­di­dates “ac­cuse and in­sult each other”.

“Do we want this kind of democ­racy in our coun­try? This kind of elec­tion?” he asked.

He said “moral­ity does not ex­ist” in the US “which pre­tends to have had democ­racy for 200 years. We all know how demo­cratic they are.”

Mr Rouhani has sought to im­prove re­la­tions with the West, sign­ing a nu­clear ac­cord last year with world pow­ers that led to the lift­ing of sanc­tions and raised hopes that Iran would re­turn to the in­ter­na­tional fold with a vengeance.

Mr Trump has vowed to “tear up” the nu­clear agree­ment and Iran’s supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei re­sponded that he would hap­pily “burn” the agree­ment if that was what the US wanted.

Mr Rouhani him­self faces re­elec­tion next year and is set for a tough bat­tle against con­ser­va­tives who dis­like his over­tures to the West and say the nu­clear deal has failed to bring sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Iran. –

Photo: AFP

Has­san Rouhani will soon face elec­tions him­self.

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