Tehran deplored the recent Interfering remarks made by the US officials against the upcoming presidential election in Iran.
“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 Seyed 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 made interfering remarks against Iran’s Guardian Council over the vetting process.
US officials must learn more about the electoral process in Iran before making comments about the presidential election, Araqchi urged.
Under Iran’s election law, the Guardian Council, the body responsible for vetting hopefuls, is required to announce the list of approved hopefuls within five days after the end of registration.
After the vetting process is complete, the 12-member supervisory body should release the final list of candidates to the Interior Ministry, which will then publicize it.
The registration for Iran’s 11th presidential election ended on May 11, with some 686 individuals signed up for the vote among which 8 people were qualified by the Guardian Council.
The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election.