ROUHANI: AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE & SANCTIONS WILL NOT OVERTHROW ISLAMIC REPUBLIC

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a press conference in Tehran on Jaunary 17, 2017, to mark the first anniversary of the implementation of a historic nuclear deal. / AFP / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has accused the United States of using psychological and economic warfare to bring about regime change in his country.

“Reducing the legitimacy of the system is its ultimate goal. When you talk about overthrowing it, regime change in your words, how can this regime change take place? By reducing legitimacy, otherwise the regime will not change,” Rouhani said.

Commenting on Washington’s future sanctions against Iranian oil and gas, Rouhani stressed that these measures “will not take effect” since “the US has done everything they want.”

In his words, the Islamic Republic will be able to overcome the sanctions applied to the country thanks to the “union and integrity” of the country.

As for the issue of developing relations between Tehran and Washington, Rouhani said that “in the last 40 years there has been no more malicious team than the current US government regarding Iran and the Islamic Republic.”

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“There was a time when [in the US administration] there was a person with enmity, the rest eres moderate, and now the […] worst ones are united with each other,” he said.

At the same time, the president of Iran has stated that currently the US “are isolated as never before” on the subject of sanctions against their country.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated after Donald Trump announced the unilateral exit of the US from the Iranian nuclear deal in May and reintroduced sanctions against Iran. While the first package of sanctions was applied on August 7, the second, affecting sale of oil and petroleum products, should be reintroduced on November 4. Other states part of the Iran deal, Russia and other European states, have not supported Trump in his move to renege on the Iran deal and are working hard to keep it alive. They do this despite threats made against them by Washington.

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