Iranians were not able to get a free and fair electoral process during the Presidential election, the United States said as the country regretted the lack of transparency in the latest election of Iran.
This comes as the first reaction from Washington to the victory of ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi in Iran’s presidential election.
“Iranians were denied their right to choose their leaders in a free and fair electoral process,” a State Department spokesperson was quoted as saying in media reports.
However, United States will continue indirect talks with Iran on the 2015 nuclear accord, the State Department spokesperson said, adding that the 2015 nuclear accord was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump.
Many of Raisi’s rivals were declared unqualified to participate in the election. Raisi, who is seen close to 81-year supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, thus did not face any big challenge in the election. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the most powerful leader of Iran.