Rouhani Calls For Unity To Face 'Unprecedented' US Pressure

Clay Curtis
May 13, 2019

On May 8 President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would suspend the sale of surplus enriched uranium and heavy water and gave European powers, Russia, and China 60 days to buck USA pressure and ensure that Iran receives the financial normalization the deal provides.

"Iran has had a bad reaction, faced with a bad U.S. decision to withdraw from the Vienna agreements and impose sanctions", Le Drian said in an interview published online by Le Parisien, referring to the 2015 deal signed in Vienna.

Speaking in a cordial meeting with a group of political activists on Saturday evening, Dr Hassan Rouhani said, "Today, it can not be said that the conditions are better or worse than the Imposed War [with Iraq], but during the war we did not have problems with banking, oil sales and imports and exports, and our only sanction was boycott of arms purchases".

Rouhani said Iran was facing "an all-out war unprecedented in the history of the Islamic republic".

While Washington has cited the aerial threat posed by Iran to deploy its missile defence battery in the Middle East, Tehran has alleged that the USA is looking for a "frivolous" triggering point to begin war.

Major-General Hossein Salami, appointed head of the Revolutionary Guard last month, told parliament the United States had started a psychological war.

The verbal exchange comes as tensions escalate between Washington and Tehran. "God willing the government can complete the (withdrawal) steps well as it has announced, and we can show our decision about the deal considering the failure by America and Europe to fulfill their commitments", said Khosro Hosseini, a Tehran resident.

"The smart message for our friends and allies around the world is: 'don't do business with this people until they understand that there is a way to that you conduct yourself in the global community, '" he said in a CNBC interview that emphasized the American posture on display with the deployment of a USA aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf in response to Iranian threats.

Asked Thursday if there's a risk of military confrontation, Trump said, "I guess you could say that always, right?" and then delivered his central message. On Saturday, Iran banned a popular weekly magazine because it had said the Iranian government was at the brink of a war and it should decide between negotiations or war with the United States.

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CNN reported on Friday that the White House had passed a telephone number to the Swiss for contacting Donald Trump in case Iranian officials want to hold talks.

With Iran, Trump pulled the USA out of the nuclear deal that the Obama administration had negotiated along with five other world powers, and he recently increased the pressure, designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization and deploying military forces to the Persian Gulf.

The move, Mützenich said, will seek to counter United States policies in the Middle East which disregard global law, notably in the case of Trump's recent dealings over Palestine and Iran's nuclear deal. The government gave a 60-day deadline for other countries to protect Iran's interests against US sanctions or it threatened not to implement its two commitments.

Iranian officials have also dismissed the allegations as part of the U.S. administration's "psychological warfare" against the country.

"We've done all the right things to increase our security posture to the best of our ability", Pompeo said, "but we also want to make sure that we had deterrent forces in place, so in the event that Iran chose to come after an American interest - whether that be in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Yemen, or any place in the Middle East - we were prepared to respond to them in an appropriate way".

The President called for political unity to face down sanctions.

Seeming to confirm the source's opinion, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander said on Friday that Iran wouldn't engage in talks with the Americans. Iran has repeatedly threatened to retaliate to the U.S. measures by blocking the Strait of Hormuz - through which about a fifth of all oil consumed globally pass. "We must pass my bipartisan bill to prevent another ill-fated conflict in the Middle East", he said in the tweet.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council labelled the U.S. troops deployed in the Middle East to be a terror group.

The Trump administration sent the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber squadron to the region in response to unspecified threats by Iran against American interests.

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