It's a psychological war by US: Iran Guards chief

It's a psychological war by US: Iran Guards chief

The Trump administration hopes to compel Iran to negotiate a "new deal" that would cover not only its nuclear activities, but also its ballistic missile programme and what officials call its "malign behaviour" across the Middle East.

Iran is suffering economically and politically thanks to two big actions taken by President Trump, former independent Sen.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for unity among Iran's political factions to overcome conditions which he said may be harder than those during the 1980s war with Iraq, Al-Jazeera reported on Sunday.

Iran is facing "unprecedented pressure" from global sanctions and the country could be under worse economic conditions than during the 1980-88 war with Iraq, said President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday.

"At the height of America's political, economic and media war against the Iranian nation, an Iranian publication supplements the enemy's media operations inside the country", the hardline-led news agency Fars wrote in a comment.

Iran has met its terms but Trump withdrew because he believes the accord did not curtail Tehran's ballistic missile programme or address Iranian involvement in Syria's civil war, something Europeans argue the 2015 deal was not created to do.

US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned the nuclear agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions.

Commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami has described the USA dispatch of an aircraft carrier to the Middle East as a "psychological war".

U.S. president Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton has said the deployment aimed to send a "clear and unmistakable" message to Iran about any attack against the USA or its partners in the region.

The US is sending a Patriot missile-defence system to the Middle East.

The USS Abraham Lincoln is replacing another carrier rotated out of the Gulf last month.

The US said the moves were a response to a possible threat to US forces in the region by Iran, without specifying.

Iranian navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said on Sunday that American forces must exit, according to ISNA. It also threatened to step up uranium enrichment if it was not shielded from the sanctions' effects within 60 days.

The European Union will defend the Iran nuclear accord despite Tehran's decision to backtrack on its commitments in response to USA sanctions, diplomats believe, but European powers expect it to collapse without a deal to sell Iranian oil to China or India, Reuters reported.

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