Lapid urges ‘renewed determination’ to halt Iran’s nuke program after Raisi win

As Shabbat ends, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid issues a statement on the election of Iran’s new president Ebrahim Raisi.

“Iran’s new president, known as the Butcher of Tehran, is an extremist responsible for the deaths of thousands of Iranians,” Lapid, who became Israel’s top diplomat on Sunday, writes on Twitter. “He is committed to the regime’s nuclear ambitions and to its campaign of global terror.”

He adds: “His election should prompt renewed determination to immediately halt Iran’s nuclear program and put an end to its destructive regional ambitions.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Haiat also issues a statement on Raisi’s election, calling him “an extremist figure” who is “committed to Iran’s rapidly advancing military nuclear program.” He also says his election “makes clear Iran’s true malign intentions.”

“More than ever, Iran’s nuclear program must be halted immediately, rolled back entirely and stopped indefinitely. Iran’s ballistic missile program must be dismantled and its global terror campaign vigorously countered by a broad international coalition,” Haiat says.

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