Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hassan Rouhani calls for unity to face 'unprecedented' US pressure

Hassan Rouhani calls for unity to face 'unprecedented' US pressure

"But Iran's 40 years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities and taking American hostages is a constant reminder that we must defend ourselves", Pompeo said.

"Our restraint to this point should not be mistaken by Iran for a lack of resolve".

"The U.S. appeals to those in Tehran who see a prosperous future through de-escalation".

The talk of USA "restraint" as opposed to a supposed Iranian "default option" of violence beggars belief. "The presence of the Americans in the Persian Gulf region has reached its end and they must leave the region", Khanzadi said. Accordingly, even as French President Emmanuel Macron insisted that it was imperative for the relevant parties to work toward preserving the JCPOA on Thursday, his recommendations focused on convincing the Islamic Republic to maintain its own commitments, rather than appeasing it with additional incentives for doing so.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council labelled the United States troops deployed in the Middle East to be a terror group. "Washington has to revise its policy and behaviour", Araghchi told the Iranian YLC news outlet. Reflecting the bipartisan support for U.S. imperialist aggression in the oil-rich Middle East, the think tank includes on its advisory board, Donna Brazile, the former chairperson of the Democratic National Committee.

Speaking on Thursday, Iran's envoy to the United Nations Takht Ravanchi slammed the Trump administration's allegations of rising Iranian threats, saying they were based on "fake intelligence".

"This [new] designation significantly increases pressure on Iran's economy by targeting industries from which Iran derives significant income", according to FDD, which examined how the new sanctions could impact Iran's multi-billion dollar energy sector.

These new sanctions follow Washington's termination on May 1 of waivers granted to China, South Korea, Japan, India, and Turkey, countries that had been allowed to continue purchasing Iranian oil without being sanctioned. "If there's some sort of conflagration between Iran and the United States, between Iran and its neighbours, I'm not ruling out that they will activate Hizbollah and Islamic Jihad from Gaza, or even that they will try to fire missiles from Iran at the State of Israel", Steinitz, a member of Netanyahu's security cabinet, told Israel's Ynet TV. As Iran faces tightening USA sanctions, Rouhani said on Saturday that his country was under pressure comparable to when Saddam Hussein's army invaded Iran in 1980.

IOF kill Palestinian protester in Gaza
The Palestinians have dismissed U.S. efforts since President Donald Trump decided in 2017 to move the U.S. Rights organizations condemn the blockade as a punishment for Gaza's 2 million residents.

A former top USA defence official, meanwhile, warned on Sunday of a "real risk" of a miscalculation between the two sides as the war of words intensifies.

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday the us military presence in the Gulf used to be a serious threat but now represents a target, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.

Iran has dismissed both moves as "psychological warfare" created to intimidate it. We do not like wars.

"The fact that Bolton chose to repurpose routine deployments of USA military forces into the Middle East as an emergency response to an unspecified threat from Iran is in and of itself a curiosity".

"We don't want them to have nuclear weapons - not much to ask", he said.

"We have information that you don't want to know about".

The Swiss embassy in Tehran represents US interests in the Islamic Republic. The sanctions prevent USA companies from trading with Iran directly and also with any foreign firms or countries that are dealing with Iran. In the first place, Iranian compliance with the anti-money laundering standards of the Financial Action Task Force has been presented as a prerequisite for its operation, partly because such compliance would be expected of any financial institutions the mechanism relies on.

On May 7, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly cancelled a visit to Berlin and made an unscheduled trip to Iraq.

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