Iran VP hopes for change in US 'destructive policies'

Iran VP hopes for change in US 'destructive policies' after election
2 min read
08 November, 2020
Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said he hoped for a change in "America's destructive policies" after Joe Biden won the US elections.
Iran is hoping for a more relaxed US foreign policy [Getty]

Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Saturday he hoped for a change in "America's destructive policies" following Joe Biden's victory in the US presidential election.

"I hope we witness a change in America's destructive policies and a return to law and international commitments and respect for nations," Jahangiri wrote on Twitter.

"The era of Trump and his adventurous and warmongering team is over," he added.

US President Donald Trump, who lost Tuesday's election to challenger democratic Biden, has applied a "maximum pressure" policy and crippling sanctions against Iran since his 2018 withdrawal from a landmark nuclear agreement with Tehran.

The sanctions targeted Iran's crucial oil industry and cut Tehran's access to its revenues abroad by blacklisting its banking sector, among others.

Iranians "will not forget the pain caused by the widespread disruption of their livelihood, lack of patients' access to medicine and the assassination of the dear general" Qasem Soleimani, Jahangiri said.

Soleimani, who headed the Revolutionary Guards' elite Qods Force, was killed in an American air strike near Baghdad airport in January.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani earlier in Saturday said he hoped "the three-year experience" of Trump's pressure against Tehran be a "lesson" for the next US administration that Iran would "continue its resistance."

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the US election would have "no effect" on Tehran's policies towards Washington.

Biden has said during his campaign that he plans to embark on a "credible path to return to diplomacy" with Iran and raised the possibility of returning to the 2015 nuclear deal, negotiated when he was vice president under Barack Obama.

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