Presidential candidate Ali-Akbar Velayati says he will use a well-tuned policy of resistance to resolve all outstanding foreign policy issues and Iran’s nuclear energy program if he wins the vote.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters in Tehran on Monday, the Principlist candidate said he would work in line with Islamic values and the guidelines of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to solve Iran’s foreign policy problems.
”I insist on the phrase wise resistance and we will pursue the same path on Iran’s nuclear rights as the Leader has [outlined] with foresight so far,” Velayati stated.
Velayati, a senior advisor to the Leader on international affairs, added that sanctions are one of the factors behind economic woes and a way must be found to lift them while maintaining the country’s nuclear success.
“Wise resistance means that we must find ways to expand ties and interact with other countries while safeguarding the principles and values of the Islamic establishment,” he said.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with the US and European Union using the allegation as an excuse to impose illegal unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Velayati, a former foreign minister, further stated that Iran has reached a level of prowess and progress in political, economic, scientific and technological fields which allows it to increase relations with other states without concern about the country’s national security and authority.
Iran can display the Iranian-Islamic model in the world, he emphasized.
Iranians will cast their ballots at over 66,000 polling stations across the country in the nation’s 11th presidential election on June 14. Expatriates will also be able to vote at 285 polling stations that will be set up in foreign countries.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.
By Press TV
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