Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Confident That US Is Not a Threat to Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves to media as he arrives at the Interior Ministry to register his candidacy for the May 19 presidential elections in Tehran Iran Friday

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves to media as he arrives at the Interior Ministry to register his candidacy for the May 19 presidential elections in Tehran Iran Friday

He arrived at the registration committee center for presenting his candidacy papers a few hours after "moderate" Rouhani had applied in hopes of winning over a second term in office. Who can run for the presidency in Iran?

In his interview, Ahmadinejad ruled out that the recent USA missile strike on Syria was a message to Iran.

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Rouhani will be facing a tougher-than-expected competition in the upcoming election, despite being the driving force behind a nuclear deal with world powers which ended years of sanctions.

"I do not think it has a message for Iran".

The presidency would be a stepping-stone to the top, but losing an election could damage his standing. The panel also declared Ahmadinejad won the 2009 election despite widespread fraud allegations.

According to Shakdam, Ahmadinejad's decision to run was not an act of defiance but simply a choice based on his willingness to offer a "different kind of a flavor in politics" and ensure that the voices of his faction are heard, especially in the context of the current tension between the US, Iran and Russian Federation, and around the Middle East in general.

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Two years later his government and six other countries reached a landmark deal, in which Iran agreed to curb its sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

"The nuclear deal is a legal document and a pact".

The candidate should basically be an Iranian national, prudent and capable of taking on leadership duties, and being religious and believing in the Islamic republic's principles and its official religion. "It was incorrect. It later turned out to be untrue", he continued.

Previous experience shows that the council members reject most of the candidates leaving the most dignified ones, so the final number of presidential candidates is unlikely to exceed ten. Ahmadinejad unexpected move could challenge that perception.

Rouhani's major rivals seems be former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and an influential conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi.

Influential Shi'ite cleric Ebrahim Raisi, the custodian of a powerful organization in charge of Iran's holiest shrine, appears to be the leading hardline candidate in the presidential race, though some prominent conservatives have already thrown their weight behind Rouhani. He also has no plans, should he become president once more, to pull the nation's military forces out of Syria, this according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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