جمعه ۱۹ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۳:۲۱ - ۹ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
Hasan Rowhani, the head of Iran’s National Security Council, in unprecedented comments on U.S. elections on Tuesday said that Iran is not afraid of a victory by George W. Bush and in fact does not prefer to see Democrats win in the U.S. elections. “We have not seen anything good from the Democrats. We should not forget that the majority of economic sanctions and pressures were put on [Iran] during Clinton’s term,” Rowhani told the state-run television. This is the first time that a high-ranking official of the Islamic Republic comes out publicly supporting a U.S. presidential candidate.
Rowhani in his comments said that it makes no difference for Iran, which party wins the elections, but he added that President George W. Bush, despite his tough words, has not taken any dangerous action against Iran.
Answering a direct question as to which candidate Iran prefers to see in the White House, Rowhani replied, “We do not prefer to see Democrats win”. He added that the Republicans at least have reached the conclusion that bullying and aggression in the region will not pay any dividends and on the contrary such a policy will harm their own interests.
According to the Associated Press, the Bush campaign has already said no, thanks to Iran. "It's not an endorsement we'll be accepting anytime soon,"Bush campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel said. "Iran should stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons and if they continue in the direction they are going, then we will have to look at what additional actionmay need to be taken including looking to the U.N. Security Council."