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Trump or Clinton: not different at all

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The adviser of the Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei claims to see no difference between both of the US presidential candidates from the Democratic and the Republican parties.

Trump or Clinton: not different at all

The international affairs adviser of the leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Ali Akbar Velayati, has declared to the Lebanese TV station Al-Mayadeen that there are no clear differences between both of the contestants, at least not for Iran.

In regards to Hillary Clinton’s candidateship and stance, in the past, the former Secretary State has shown herself sort of combative when subjects concerning the Islamic Republic of Iran have been put under debate, for instance in 2008, when she stated that the government of the US could “totally obliterate” Iran in response to what she considered a direct nuclear threat to Israel, however it must be remarked that the Islamic nation has no nuclear weapons or has no aim to get them.

That’s not the only accusation the candidate of the Democratic Party does against Iran. Clinton has also been accusing Teheran of supporting international terrorism in the region by prompting the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, whose “terrorist activity” consists on defending Lebanon from Israel.

“The US Democrats proved, by refusing to fulfill their obligations (under the Iran’s Nuclear Deal), that they are not committed to the nuclear agreement. Therefore, they are not different from the Republicans”, Velayati claimed.

Last year, on July 2015, the so-called Nuclear agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations (Germany, Britain, China, France, the US and Russia). According to the deal, Iran accepted to reduce its nuclear activity and to accept the presence of international atomic monitors in its facilities to, in return, see all the economic and political sanctions against the country, in regards to its nuclear program, lifted.

The full implementation of the agreement is not a reality yet, since there are a series of problems coming mainly from Europe and the US. For instance, European banks are “afraid” of restoring their transactions of Iran, fearing possible retaliations from similar organisms in the US. Nevertheless, banks and US officials have tried to mitigate such worries.

In the other hand, the Republican candidate, Donald Trump has talked about his attempt to tear up the cited agreement. In response to this, Velayati said. “Americans should know that if they refused to implement the nuclear agreement, Iran could go for other options.”

The adviser also talked about Saudi policies, qualifying them as destructive and as a “political suicide”, citing Riyadh’s aim to strengthen public relations with Israel, the expansion of extremism and the unsolved situation of the conflict involving Yemen.

Situation of Syria was also part of his remarks. In regards to that issue, Velayati assured that if there were new elections in the war-torn nation, president Bashar Al-Assad could have big chances to succeed, adding that, after the “apparent silence” of Western nations demanding the deposal of Assad, it seems that a lot of countries have realized that the legitimate elected Syrian leader must remain in front of his nation.

 Written by Lisbeth Mechter

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