Iran slams ‘meddlesome’ election remarks by ‘misinformed’ US

Iran has strongly criticized the United States for making “baseless remarks” about the country’s electoral process and interfering in its domestic affairs.

“Flawed judgment on the basis of poor knowledge and misinformation about the electoral process in Iran, is not only interference in the Iranian nation’s [domestic] affairs and in contradiction with basic international laws, but offends the political maturity and awareness of Iran’s discerning people,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday.

Araqchi said the US lacks adequate knowledge and is incapable of a sound analysis of politics in the Middle East.

“The Iranian nation and the [world’s] public opinion have witnessed over half a century of US support for dictatorial and despotic regimes in the region, and do not care for their obsolete claims in support of democracy,” he stated.

The comments come after US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell criticized Iran’s Guardian Council over the vetting process that has disapproved hundreds of presidential hopefuls.

US officials must learn more about the electoral process in Iran before making comments about the presidential election, Araqchi urged.

A total of 686 individuals registered from May 7 to 11 for the Islamic Republic’s 11th presidential election, which will be held on June 14.

Late on Tuesday, Iran’s Interior Ministry issued the list of hopefuls approved by the Guardian Council to run in the presidential election.

The council approved MP Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei, Hassan Rohani, the director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi, and former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati.

The council did not approve, among others, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Esfandiyar Rahim-Mashaei, a top aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and former Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

By Press TV


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