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Iran’s President-elect refuses to meet Biden and claims missile programme ‘non-negotiable’

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Speaking on Monday, Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi ruled out a summit with Mr Biden. During his first media conference after Friday’s election, Mr Raisi said the US “is obliged to lift all oppressive sanctions against Iran.”

The President-elect refused any limits to Iran’s missile capacities and backing for regional militias.

Questioned on the country’s ballistic missile programme, he said the matter was “non-negotiable.”

Mr Raisi’s victory means he is set to replace the incumbent Hassan Rouhani.

The so-called “butcher of 1988” was elected as Iran’s new ultra-conservative president on Saturday.

Pro-democracy activists said mass boycotts by Iranians had taken away any pretence of the regime’s democratic legitimacy.

Mr Raisi was deputy prosecutor of Tehran in 1988 and one of four people chosen to carry out the massacre of 30,000 imprisoned activists.

According to pro-democracy opposition group the NCRI, reports from 1,200 observers at 400 polling stations across Iran revealed that only 10 percent of Iran’s eligible 60 million voters turned out.

Some polling booths were kept open until 2am and authorities in Astara allowed voting without ID.

In 13 districts Tabriz, Bandar Abbas, Bandar Mahshahr and towns near Tehran financial incentives ranging from 20,000- 200,000 tomans ($1 – $100) were offered to promote voting.

The average Iranian salary is $200 per month.

According to official data, the turnout was 48.8 percent, with Mr Raisi obtaining 17,926,345 votes compared to his closest adversary, Mohsen Rezai who received 3,412,712 votes before conceding.

On Saturday, Shahin Gobad of the NCRI said: “In reality, fewer than 10 percent of eligible voters cast their vote.

“The boycott was so extensive that even if one accepts inflated official figures at face value, it reflects the fact that the majority of the population have rejected the regime and want a regime change.”

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