Iran’s president-elect Ebrahim Raisi said he wouldn’t meet with Joe Biden nor negotiate over Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias;
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Iran’s ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias, Raisi described the issues as “non-negotiable.”
- Tehran’s fleet of attack aircraft date largely back to before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, forcing Iran to instead invest in missiles as a hedge against its regional Arab neighbors, who have purchased billions of dollars in American military hardware over the years. Iran also relies on militias like Yemen’s Houthis and Lebanon’s Hezbollah to counterbalance against enemies like Saudi Arabia and Israel, respectively.
- On meeting Biden, Raisi simply answered: “No.” His moderate competitor in the election, Abdolnasser Hemmati, had suggested during campaigning that he’d be potentially willing to meet Biden.