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Iran Says It Will Seek 'No One's Permission' to Build Up Military

Iran Says It Will Seek 'No One's Permission' to Build Up Military

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani registered on Friday to run for a second four-year term in the country's May election.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran's presidential election scheduled for May 19.

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Iran will ask "no one's permission" to build up its missile capability, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, in what appeared to be a defiant response to us efforts to hamper the Iranian military.

On Thursday, the Iran Human Rights website published a brief commentary on the legacy of President Hassan Rouhani's first term in office.

Many Iranians have grown impatient with the slow rate of improvement in their economic fortunes since global financial and trade sanctions were lifted after Iran curbed its disputed nuclear activity under its deal with six world powers. According to Article 35 of Iranian election law, people who want to register themselves for the presidential election must have these eligibilities: 1- Religious/ political figure.

Ahmadinejad had ruled out running in the wake of Khamenei's comments in September, but after reversing course this week he called the supreme leader's comments "just advice" that does not prevent him from running.

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China's chief source of leverage is now trade, as it accounts for more than four-fifth's of North Korean global commerce. The Pentagon has also dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson strike group to the Korean Peninsula.

Rouhani also highlighted the importance of resistance.

The situation, however, was brought into focus by the reports that the Supreme Leader - who had been in his post since 1989, after serving as President - was now terminally ill.

As successor to the mild-mannered reformist Mohammad Khatami, he toed a strident line on Israel and the US, refusing to meaningfully negotiate with the West over Iran's nuclear programme despite crippling economic sanctions. He has vowed to create five million jobs and more than double Iran's revenues.

Influential Shi'ite cleric Ebrahim Raisi, the custodian of a powerful organisation in charge of Iran's holiest shrine, appears to be the leading hardline candidate. In 2006, he was elected to the Assembly of Experts that has powers to choose the next supreme leader, and now sits on its board of directors.

Trump had criticized the nuclear deal during his election and had vowed to put an end to Iran's missile program. Registration for the election begins on Tuesday and will continue until Saturday.

The conservative-controlled Guardian Council will vet the hundreds of registered hopefuls over the coming week, before releasing a final list of candidates.


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