Hard-line candidate says U.S. should ‘fear’ regime
TEHRAN | A hard-line candidate in Iran’s upcoming presidential election said the United States should be made to fear Iran so that it will back off on sanctions and threats.
Ebrahim Raisi told a state TV talk show Wednesday that “today Americans are afraid of the word ‘Iran,’” saying: “... The solution is not backing down. We must force them to retreat.”
Mr. Raisi is challenging incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate in the Iranian political spectrum who has tried to improve relations with the West and whose government reached a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers. Iran’s hard-liners criticized the deal, saying Mr. Rouhani gave too much away.
Mr. Rouhani is widely seen as the front-runner in next month’s election, but Mr. Raisi is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.