Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sees no threat from US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Iran needs no one's permission to build missile and planes.

"The Iranian nation will not stop half way, and will continue down its path".

In remarks to the media following his registration, Raisi said he believed the Iranian economy should be insulated from fluctuations in the global economy, a position that is reminiscent of Khamenei's recent calls for return to a "resistance economy" based on national development at the expense of re-engagement with foreign and Western markets.

"Raisi's lifestyle is modest and he regularly stays with the poor sections of society, while Mr Rouhani has more of an aristocratic, comfort-seeking spirit", said Hamid Reza Taraghi, a member of the conservative Islamic Coalition Party.

He said an "unprecedented" $20 billion worth of new projects would be announced next week, which would also see gas production at the South Pars field surpass that of Qatar - which shares the field - for the first time.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who recently surprised everyone by joining the presidential race, has given an interview in which he called Iran a "powerful country" that the "US administration can not hurt" and voiced support for the nuclear deal deal struck between Iran and global powers in 2015, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

Judge and cleric Ebrahim Raisi, a close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is the leading hardline candidate, however, Khamenei has yet to unite the hardliners behind him.

His surprise candidacy must still be approved by authorities but has already upended a race that was widely expected to be won by incumbent moderate Hassan Rouhani.

He has served as attorney-general, supervisor of state broadcaster IRIB and prosecutor in the Special Court for Clerics. In 2006, he was elected to the Assembly of Experts that has powers to choose the next supreme leader, and now sits on its board of directors. "I am urging all Iranians to vote for Iran and for Islam", Rouhani told reporters. 6- Believer and committed to the Islamic Republic of Iran's fundamentals and also official religion of the country. All candidates are subject to a vetting process by the powerful Guardian Council, and those who qualify are to be announced by April 27.

More than 130 women have registered though none have ever been allowed to stand.

"From now on, protecting the deal is one of the most important economic and political issues", he said.

Critics of the deal, however, complain that economic benefits have yet to trickle down to average Iranians.