Ebrahim Raisi was formally endorsed by Tehran's supreme leader Tuesday to take office as the new president this week, in accordance with Iran's constitution.
During the ceremony, which comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West over the stalled 2015 nuclear deal and a recent attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf, Raisi vowed to take steps to lift sanctions imposed on Tehran by Washington, which he described as "tyrannical."
"We will definitely pursue the removal of the oppressive sanctions, but we will not (tie) the people's dining tables and the economy to the foreigners' will."
He also promised to improve the living conditions of Iranians, which have worsened since 2018, when the U.S. re-imposed sanctions after withdrawing from the Obama-era nuclear deal.
Raisi, who won the June election with over 60 percent of the vote, has been emphasizing a collective security system in the Middle East for peace and stability in the region.
Ahead of his inauguration Thursday, the incoming president reportedly sent a reply to the election victory message sent by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
According to Pyeongyang's foreign ministry Tuesday, Raisi said he sincerely hopes to see continued development in their relationship across all sectors.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.