Khamenei after Biden victory: Regardless of the outcome, US in decline

Biden has pledged to rejoin Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with six powers, a deal that was agreed by Washington when he was vice president, if Iran also returns to compliance.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Aug. 21, 2019 (photo credit: KHAMENEI.IR)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Aug. 21, 2019
(photo credit: KHAMENEI.IR)
Iranian officials expressed mixed feelings after Joe Biden was projected as the winner in the US presidential elections, with the Islamic Republic's president calling on Biden to "make up for past mistakes," while the country's supreme leader called the elections a "spectacle."
In a tweet, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once again referred to the US presidential elections as "a spectacle," after the projected win was reported on Saturday night.
"The situation in the US & what they themselves say about their elections is a spectacle!" tweeted Khamenei. "This is an example of the ugly face of liberal democracy in the US. Regardless of the outcome, one thing is absolutely clear: the definite political, civil, & moral decline of the US regime."

Iran's president said on Sunday the next US administration should use the opportunity to compensate for President Donald Trump's mistakes, Iranian state media reported.
"Trump's damaging policy has been opposed ... by the American people. The next US administration should use the opportunity to make up for past mistakes," President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying.
"Iran favors constructive interaction with the world," Rouhani said, adding that "the heroic resistance of the Iranian people proved that the policy of maximum pressure is doomed to failure."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Biden's victory on Sunday, stressing that "the world is watching" and that "deeds matter most."

"The American people have spoken," tweeted Zarif. "And the world is watching whether the new leaders will abandon disastrous lawless bullying of outgoing regime—and accept multilateralism, cooperation & respect for law. Deeds matter most. Iran's record: dignity, interest & responsible diplomacy."
In a radio interview, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that "the results of the US presidential election will not affect the principled policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran," according to Mehr News.
"The hegemonic and bullying policy of the United States will not change with the change of the president in this country, but with the change of rulers, new methods and approaches may be adopted by Americans," added Araqchi. "In order to secure its interests and to counter any new pressures or possible threats, it is natural that the Islamic Republic will adopt appropriate methods and solutions in accordance with new conditions of US administration.”
The deputy foreign minister refused to discuss the possibility of Biden returning to the JCPOA Iranian nuclear deal during the interview, saying "it is too early to talk about such [an] issue," according to Mehr.
Biden has pledged to rejoin Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with six powers, a deal that was agreed by Washington when he was vice president, if Iran also returns to compliance.
Tensions have spiked between the longtime foes since 2018, when Trump exited the deal and reimposed sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy.
In retaliation, Tehran has gradually reduced its commitments to the accord. But Iran's clerical rulers have said those steps were reversible if Tehran's interests were respected.