Western democracy is “vulnerable”, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said today, Thursday (7/1), warning “the whole world” about the rise of “populism” after the incidents that took place yesterday, Wednesday (6/1) in Capitol in Washington.
“What we saw in the United States last night and today showed, first of all, where Western democracy was vulnerable,” Rohani said in a televised speech.
“Unfortunately, we have found that (in Western countries) the ground is ready for populism, despite advances in industry and science,” Rohani said.
“A populist came to power and wreaked havoc in his country in four years (() I hope everyone and the next White House leaders learn a lesson,” he said, referring to outgoing US President Donald Trump.
The Iranian president made the remarks the day after a day of chaos and violence in Washington, as he stormed the congressional building of Trump supporters who refuse to acknowledge the victory of Democratic rival Joe Biden in the November 3 presidential election.
Accused by his ultra-conservative opponents of seeking a “compromise” with the West, Rohani, a moderate in Iranian politics, sent a new signal of 'openness' to the future US government.
“US officials who” take power in two weeks will compensate (for the damage done by the Trump administration) and work to rediscover a place worthy of the American nation for their country, because the American nation is a great nation. ” he said.
“If they return to their logic, their legitimacy and their obligations, [it will] be for their own benefit and for the good of the world,” Rohani added.
Although the Islamic Republic describes the United States as a “great devil,” this is not the first time that an Iranian president has referred to the “American nation” as a “great nation.”
The Islamic Republic and the United States severed diplomatic ties in 1980 and have twice been on the brink of war since June 2019 amid tensions in the Gulf and around the international deal on Iran's nuclear program, which is in danger of collapsing after Trump. left it in 2018.
Biden has said he wants his country back in the deal when he takes office on January 20th.