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Following the tragic death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Iran is expected to continue its established foreign policy strategies, according to foreign policy expert Dan Hoffman. This includes maintaining its support for Hamas and strengthening its alliances with Russia, China, and North Korea, often referred to as the “axis of tyranny.”

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Monday, Hoffman, a former CIA station chief and Fox News contributor, emphasized that the fundamental elements of Iran’s foreign policy would persist. “We are likely to see the continuation of domestic repression, ongoing support for Hamas, and an enduring alliance with the so-called axis of tyranny—Russia, China, and North Korea,” he stated.

Hoffman elaborated that despite Raisi’s death, the policy direction of Iran remains under the control of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Raisi, though a potential future Supreme Leader, did not wield the ultimate authority that Khamenei does. Hoffman expects that the oppressive domestic policies, particularly those targeting women, will persist. He also anticipates that any new president will align closely with Khamenei’s directives.

In the wake of Raisi’s death, Vice President Mohammad Mokhber has been appointed as interim president. Raisi’s tenure was marked by controversial actions, including the enrichment of uranium to near-weapons-grade levels and aggressive moves against Israel. Last month, Iran launched an attack on Israel, purportedly in retaliation for an alleged Israeli strike that killed Iranian generals in Damascus.

Domestically, Raisi’s administration was notorious for its harsh crackdowns on dissent, notably after the suspicious death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody after being arrested for allegedly not wearing a hijab properly.

Raisi, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other officials, were confirmed dead after an extensive search for their helicopter in the foggy, mountainous northwest region of Iran.

Hoffman also commented on the growing discontent among the Iranian populace. He noted that the Iranian people are increasingly frustrated with their economic hardships, exacerbated by Raisi’s presidency. Despite substantial oil exports, the country’s currency has plummeted, and many Iranians are opposed to their government’s spending on foreign terrorist operations. This internal dissatisfaction is expected to continue, reflecting widespread desire for greater freedom and economic stability.

Iran remains a central figure in the ongoing Middle Eastern conflicts, frequently appearing in the media for its financial and military support to groups opposing Israel.