Iranian presidential candidate Abdel Nasser Hemmati has said he is ready to meet US President Joe Biden if he wins the election, even though “America needs to send better and stronger signals” to Tehran.
The former Iranian central bank governor stressed that “the US return to the fragile Iran nuclear deal is essential to any potential relationship, amid broader tensions in the Middle East.”
“I think we haven’t seen anything serious from Mr. Biden yet,” he said. “We should first go back to the nuclear deal that they pulled out of. If we see the process and more confidence is built, we can talk about it,” adding: “The Americans sent positive signals, but Those signals were not strong enough… If there are stronger signals, it will affect how optimistic or pessimistic we are.”
Hemmati, 64, is one of seven candidates approved by the Iranian authorities to run in the presidential elections scheduled for June 18 in the Islamic Republic.
Opinion polls and analysts indicate that he is not the most likely to win the presidential race, and that his ranking may come behind Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, who is believed to be the preferred candidate for Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.