Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Iran will resist Trump's psychological warfare - senior Guards commander to ISNA

Iran will resist Trump's psychological warfare - senior Guards commander to ISNA

The late night post on Twitter came hours after Rouhani told Trump that hostile policies toward Tehran could lead to "the mother of all wars".

A prominent Lebanese analyst says he is concerned the latest harsh words exchanged by the USA and Iranian presidents have brought the two countries to the brink of war.

Iran has rejected talks with the US, and Rouhani has accused the USA of stoking an "economic war".

The speech was the latest in a wave of US criticism as the Trump administration seeks to marshal support for its plan to reimpose sanctions against Iran - and punish anyone who does business with it - in the weeks since the USA pulled out of the 2015 accord to limit Iran's nuclear program in May.

Pompeo and U.S. national security adviser, John Bolton, have used combative rhetoric against Iran since Trump withdrew on May 8 from the 2015 deal to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

"The bitter irony of the economic situation in Iran is that the regime uses its time to line its own pockets while its people cry out for jobs, reform and opportunity", Pompeo said. Iran has a dominant position in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a main oil shipping waterway, he said.

"Such policies will unite Iranians who will overcome plots against their country", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.

He added that the "regime in Iran has been a nightmare for the Iranian people".

He said the accumulation of wealth among leaders and the corruption of the "violent" government indicated that Iran is "something that resembles the mafia more than a government".

Iran's Supreme Leader threatened to block oil exports throughout the region if Iran's oil sales are impeded under sanctions.

Following Trump's decision to quit the historic Iran nuclear pact on May 8, the United States vowed to re-impose sanctions lifted under the accord against Iran and inflict punishments like secondary sanctions on nations that have business links with Iran.

"The United States has basic and fundamental problem with the (Islamic) establishment", Khamenei was quoted as saying. This is an odd time for it, however, as it both allows Iran to fairly portray itself as a victim being bullied by the U.S. for virtually no reason, and also undercuts recent United States attempts to convince European Union nations to go along with their anti-Iran policies.

Mr Rouhani also scoffed at Mr Trump's threat to halt Iranian oil exports, saying: "Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn't say "we will stop Iran's oil exports".

Some analysts said the administration's stance is putting the United States on the road to a direct confrontation with the Islamic Republic, which it has not had relations with since the 1979 revolution.

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