Iran’s Rouhani warns of greater hardship than war years of 1980s

Reuters – May 12, 2019

Demonstrators punch a man in a Donald Trump mask at an anti-US rally in Tehran. Click to enlarge

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has called for unity among political factions to overcome conditions that he said may be harder than those during the 1980s war with Iraq, state media reported, as the country faces tightening US sanctions.

Donald Trump on Thursday urged Iran’s leaders to talk with him about giving up their nuclear programme and said he could not rule out a military confrontation.

The president increased economic and military pressure on Iran, moving to cut off all Iranian oil exports while beefing up the US navy and air force presence in the Gulf.

Washington also approved a new deployment of Patriot missiles to the Middle East, a US official said on Friday.

“Today, it cannot be said whether conditions are better or worse than the (1980-88) war period,” Rouhani said, according to the state news agency IRNA. “But during the war we did not have a problem with our banks, oil sales or imports and exports, and there were only sanctions on arms purchases.

“The pressures by enemies is a war unprecedented in the history of our Islamic revolution … but I do not despair and have great hope for the future and believe that we can move past these difficult conditions provided that we are united,” Rouhani told activists from various factions.

Hardliners have criticised Rouhani after Trump withdrew from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which Rouhani supported, and reimposed sanctions last year. The Iranian president has also been abandoned by some of his moderate allies.

Separately, a media courtsuspended the weekly Seda (Voice), the semi-official news agency ISNA reported, after the reformist magazine published articles warning about the possibility of war with the US.

“At the Crossroads of War and Peace, have moderates lost or will they again save Iran from war?” the main headline on the front page read against a photograph of US navy warships.

On social media, hardliners attacked the magazine as “Trump’s voice”, suggesting its warning about the danger of war amounted to a call for talks with the US, Iran’s arch enemy.

“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.

Iran has dismissed the US military build up as “psychological warfare” designed to intimidate it.


2 responses to “Iran’s Rouhani warns of greater hardship than war years of 1980s”

  1. Saddham Hussein was put in place armed and funded by the UK and USA
    He was our man out there, said the CIA boss and when israel kept on saying Iran was too powerful Saddham Hussein fought an 8 year war for the USA and israel, to weaken Iran.
    His reward ? was for the USA to fudge upa war and remove him
    SAS men i knew sent out said we were there for week after week and every time a ship came in w ethought ah here is our food guns and armaments, but each ship, every single one just dropped off oil pipes. WE were sitting ducks we had nothing and had to keep going to the americans to feed us etc.
    Saddham could have annihaleted us, but Mossad and the CIA told Dr David Kelly that it was just an exercise tro scare Saddham, when Kelly realised he had been duped in an identical way as Lawrence of Arabia, then he too was murdered.
    Saddham wanted payment for his oil in any other currency but the dollar,
    but preferable in gold. The USA and UK went in killed 1 million people and stole the gold reserves they did the same in Libya, and the same is planned for Iran.
    ad the USA has been robbed by israel, and the USA keeps afloat by robbing others

  2. John Boltons wigmaker was on Conspiracy news, my god Bolton is one big nutjob
    blackmailed by Mossad for boy-nobbing, he now works for them against US interests