Rouhani calls for unity to confront US pressure “unprecedented”

Hassan Rouhani
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IRAN (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday called for unity among political factions in the country to circumvent circumstances he said were perhaps more difficult than the country’s during the war with Iraq in the 1980s, state media said. In US sanctions.

US President Donald Trump urged Iran’s leaders on Thursday to engage in talks on abandoning their nuclear program and said he could not rule out a military confrontation.

Trump presented the offer as economic and military pressure mounted on Iran, where this month he suspended all Iranian oil exports while boosting the presence of US naval and air forces in the Gulf. A US official told Reuters on Friday Washington had agreed to deploy additional Patriot missiles in the Middle East.

“Today, we can not say whether the conditions are better or worse than the war period (1980-1988), but during the war we did not have problems with our banks or oil sales or imports and exports,” Rohani was quoted by the IRNA news agency as saying. Only sanctions on arms purchases.”

“The pressure of the enemy is unprecedented in the history of our Islamic revolution … but I do not despair and I have great hope in the future and I think we can go beyond those difficult conditions, provided we unite.”

The hardliners criticized Rouhani after Trump pulled out of a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, backed by Rohani, and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran last year. Some moderate allies have also abandoned the president.

Separately, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported that a court on Saturday suspended the publication of the reformist weekly Sida after publishing an edition of articles warning of a possible war with the United States.

“At the crossroads of war and peace, have the moderates lost or will they save Iran again from the war?” Said the headline on the front page, next to a picture of US warships.

Critics slammed the magazine for social media as a “Trump voice,” hinting that its warning of the threat of war amounted to calling for talks with the United States.

“At the height of America’s political, economic and media war on the Iranian nation, an Iranian publication completes the enemy’s media operations inside the country,” the Fars news agency, led by the militants, wrote in a commentary.

Tehran called the US military buildup a “psychological war” aimed at intimidating it.

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