Trump's threats are 'psychological warfare': Iran general

23 July, 2018, 15:58 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei met with Foreign Ministry officials and Iranian diplomats on Saturday. File

He added that the "regime in Iran has been a nightmare for the Iranian people". On Sunday in California, Secretary of State Pompeo was strongly critical of Iran. The audience included Iranian-Americans, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton - a leading Iran critic in Congress - and former California Governor Pete Wilson. "USA!" The chaotic scene lasted for 30 seconds or so, with Pompeo eventually quipping, "If there were only so much freedom of expression in Iran", to cheers and applause.

"Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitised to the regime's authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence overseas, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government's many abuses", Pompeo said.

Iran has faced increased USA pressure and looming sanctions following Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 worldwide deal over Iran's nuclear program.

Pompeo and USA 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.

Trump withdrew in May from the 2015 nuclear deal created to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Iran has denied the allegations and said its nuclear program is strictly for civilian purposes.

With popular discontent over Iran's faltering economy and sliding currency, and the prospect of tough new US sanctions, Iran's leaders have called for unity.

In his speech, Pompeo vowed to keep up the financial pressure on Tehran, specifically targeting the banking and energy sectors.

But the United States has somewhat eased its stance, saying it may grant sanction waivers to some allies that are particularly reliant on Iranian supplies.

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

"Regime leaders.must be made to feel painful consequences of their bad decision-making", he said.

In a terrifying early morning Twitter post, the US President issued a warning in all capital letters to premier Hassan Rouhani as tensions grow between the two nations.

Falahatpisheh says that Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani "express themselves through speeches since diplomatic channels are closed" as the two countries have had no diplomatic relations since 1979. In light of these protests and 40 years of regime tyranny, I have a message for the people of Iran: "The United States hears you", he said.

Germany is calling for restraint amid escalating rhetoric between the leaders of Iran and the United States.

"Our hope is that ultimately the regime will make meaningful changes in its behaviour both inside Iran and globally", he said.

Wazne says Iran could well go to war to protect its oil exports, the foundation of its economy.

Pompeo said the action showed that US authorities "were not afraid to tackle the regime at its highest level".

"Trump's statements against Iran are psychological warfare".

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