Tehran, Iran – The Iranian presidential candidates once again clashed during their third and last televised debate, this time more openly, especially with the world powers in the country in 2015. Nuclear deal շուրջ US sanctions.
The seven men, five conservatives, hardliners, moderates and reformers, used the slightly improved “debate” gauge on Saturday to speak more directly about “corruption” and “mismanagement” that they believe has misled the country.
After most of the candidates criticized the previous two debates, which had no moderation and saw that they did not answer the same questions, the state television started the last event, presenting to all the participants one question about people’s problems.
Several candidates have discussed the need for a review of the government’s governance style, in addition to fighting corruption, supporting marginalized Iranians, and once again without elaborating on how their plans will actually be implemented.
But in particular, much more time has been spent on the nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the tough sanctions that the United States has been imposing since 2018, when former President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of a significant agreement.
The issue has been largely ignored in the previous two debates, as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last month that foreign policy was not “one of the people’s main concerns.”
But moderate candidate Abdolnasser Hemat, who headed the central bank until earlier this month when he was ousted as president, sharply criticized anti-JCPOA forces.
“What if power falls into the hands of hard lines?” he directly asked Ibrahim Raisi, the leader of the judiciary, who is considered the leader in the polls.
“I have no reservations about saying that the new sanctions will be based on more international consensus,” he said, referring to the JCPOA, which was on the brink of multilateral sanctions against Iran.
The technocrat warned that Rice և other like-minded politicians do not want the sanctions to be lifted, as it would cut off the profiteering forces inside the country, he said. “All this time you have been playing with Trump’s tough actions in court.”
He also attacked those who oppose ratification of the remaining legislation to complement Iran’s Financial Transparency Action Plan (FATF).
“Turn the table”
In response, Rice said she would stick to the JCPOA like any other government agreement.
However, he said the effective implementation of the agreement required a “strong” government, adding that the ousted administration of moderate President Hassan Rouhani was not.
Regarding the FATF, which currently includes only Iran and North Korea in its list of non-cooperating countries, he said he did not support it because it did not guarantee “the interests of our nation.”
Hardline candidates Saeed al-Ali, the former chief nuclear negotiator, and Mohsen Rezai, the former commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), both said their possible governments would “repent the enemy” by punishing Iran by boosting domestic production. «” Zero “sanctions.
“The JCPOA is a bad check,” al-Ali said while Rezaei said Iran should “turn the table or at least hit the table” when it comes to a US agreement, trying to impose sanctions on Iran.
The sixth round of JCPOA resumption talks began in Vienna at a time when candidates were blaming each other, as world powers continued shuttle diplomacy with US delegates as Iran refused to meet directly with Washington.
It is possible that an agreement to resume the deal could be reached before the Iranian presidential election. At the same time, the one-month extension of the agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to continue monitoring its nuclear sites expires on June 24.
Russia’s chief negotiator Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted on Saturday that “we all want to do this as soon as possible, but the quality of the outcome document comes first.”
A day earlier, top US-Iranian negotiators had spit on Twitter when Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi slammed Robert Malli’s “crocodile tears”, saying he was “saddened” by the death of political prisoner Sasan Niknafas under suspicious circumstances. in an Iranian prison.
“Economic terrorism is a crime against humanity in the face of the epidemic,” he wrote, citing US sanctions.
Candidates are against disqualifications
At the same time, Iran will soon open the polls as criticism of the widespread disqualification of reformists and moderate candidates continues.
On Saturday, Ali Larijani, a pragmatist expected to present the biggest challenge to Rice, protested against the Constitutional Review body, known as the Guardian Council, on Saturday.
In the statement, he says that the decision of the Supreme Leader gives him the right to know why he was disqualified, especially since the information that his daughter lives and studies abroad is false. Larijani called on the hardline council to publish its justifications.
Council spokesman Abbas Ali Kadkhodai was quick to respond by tweeting that the disqualifications were based on “solid, credible evidence” documents, “there is no provision in the presidential election regulations to complain about the disqualifications” and to make their justifications public.
Prominent former presidential candidate և opposition leader also criticized 2021
Mir-Hossein Mousavi, whose failed attempt to prevent the re-election of tough President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, led to the 2009 election. During the Green Movement protests, he said he stood by those who could no longer stand the “humiliating, designed election.”
Mousavi, who has been under house arrest without protests since the widespread protests, warned that maintaining the current style of control by the Guardian Council could make the title “Islamic Republic” meaningless for the country.
The forthcoming election is expected to be marked by low turnout amid public frustration, with some polls showing a turnout of less than 40 percent, the lowest since the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
The much-criticized debates are also unlikely to provoke much public outcry, as four out of 10 Iranians surveyed watched the previous two less.