The ex-spy chief and wanted terrorist who proposes to scale back his country's nuclear program and reconcile with the United States.
One of the most feared figures of Iran's Islamic establishment has announced his candidacy in the country's June 14 presidential vote.
Ali Fallahian, a member of Iran's Assembly of Experts who served as intelligence minister under former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, has been accused of involvement in the killings of Iranian dissidents and is on Interpol's wanted list for alleged participation in the 1995 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.
He announced his candidacy
on February 19 in Birjand. "People's requests to me have reached a
threshold; my candidacy in the presidential vote is definite," Fallahian
Fallahian, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2001, said his campaign slogan will be "Advanced Islamic Country," and that stabilizing prices and fighting inflation will be among his priorities.
Fallahian seemed to suggest that if he were elected he would halt Iran's controversial uranium-enrichment program. "Enough of nuclear. We don't want nuclear enrichment, we have already mastered its knowledge," he said.