Iran's Ahmadinejad sees no threat from U.S.


On Friday (14 April), the country's leader registered his name in the upcoming election and will compete alongside front runner Ebrahim Raisi and former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"The Iranian nation will not stop half way, and will continue down its path".

Mr Raisi is a judge and a cleric who is close to Ayatollah Khamenei, and was born into a religious family.

For the time being, constant and green-friendly development, creating jobs and fighting social problems, say, poverty and addiction are among major concerns of his administration and he is determined to pace in this direction, Rouhani said.

Rouhani also mentioned the giant joint gas field, the North Field, Iran will be developing with Qatar.

"We will not take permission from any country or worldwide organization to develop our conventional defense power and we will confront any foreign interference in the defense affairs, including the Islamic Republic of Iran's missile power", Shamkhani said.

Incumbent President Hasan Fereidun Rouhani is favored to win re-election, and an Ahmadinejad candidacy would split the hardline vote, giving the advantage to President Rouhani.

His father-in-law leads Friday prayers in Mashhad and both have seats on the Assembly of Experts that will choose the next supreme leader - a position for which Raisi himself is often rumoured to be in the running.

He has served as attorney-general, supervisor of state broadcaster IRIB and prosecutor in the Special Court for Clerics.

Earlier this month Ebrahim Raisi announced his readiness in a statement in which he said the country is suffering from "structural chronic illness and incorrect managerial traditions".

Speaking to reporters at a news conference after he registered, he said: "I have come to be the candidate for all of Iran".

Registration will remain open until Saturday, and any Iranian national can apply. "In the Islamic Republic, the officials and the supreme leader have approved of it and declared their commitment to it", he said.

The clerical body will announce a final list of vetted candidates on 27 April.

"He has no experience in foreign policy, so at least initially he will have to follow the system's grand strategy of preserving the nuclear deal and shifting any blame of undermining it to the United States", said Ali Vaez, Iran analyst for the International Crisis Group. Iran has since resumed selling oil and signed deals worth billions of dollars to replace its ageing commercial airline inventory. However, critics say Iranians have yet to feel the economic benefits.