Iran's new president: I won't meet with Biden

'I am a defender of human rights, not a butcher.' New hardline Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi rules out meeting with President Biden.

David Rosenberg ,

Ebrahim Raisi
Ebrahim Raisi
Reuters

Iran’s president-elect has ruled out meeting with President Joe Biden, after a key election rival said he would be willing to meet with the US president.

Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline Iranian cleric and Chief Justice of Iran, was elected Friday in a landslide, receiving 62% of the vote.

While he is set to take office only in August, Raisi has already ruled out any possible meeting with President Joe Biden, responding to queries Monday regarding such a meeting with a one word response: “No”.

Raisi also defended his role in a series of mass executions in 1988 – executions which led some to call Raisi the “Butcher of Tehran”. Some 5,000 people were killed in the executions, which critics calling them a purging of political prisoners. Raisi was a member of a so-called “death panel” which sentenced prisoners to death during the mass executions.

“I defended human rights, and I will continue to do so,” Raisi said Monday.



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