Iran sanctions take centre stage in presidential campaign


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June 24, 2024 — Tehran (AFP) Iranians broadly deplore Western sanctions that have battered the economy, but the country's six presidential candidates offer differing solutions -- assuming the winner gets a say on foreign policy. Punishing US sanctions, reimposed following Washington's withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, have brought years of economic hardships, fuelling political malaise and wide popular discontent. With the June 28 snap election fast approaching, debates between the candidates vying for Iran's second-highest office have featured a key question: should Tehran mend ties with the West? Under the late president Ebrahim Raisi, who died last month...