90 Miles From Tyranny : Iranians Beginning to Panic, Say Trump’s Playing Mind Games With Them

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Iranians Beginning to Panic, Say Trump’s Playing Mind Games With Them

Iran is getting pretty freaked out about the Trump administration. Now, one of the country’s top officials says that the United States is engaged in mind games by pulling out of the Iran deal and possibly jeopardizing the Islamic Republic’s financial future.

And just think, two years ago they had Barack Obama licking their boots.

In an interview with Reuters on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States is engaged in “psychological warfare” with Iran.

“(America’s) focus is on a psychological war against Iran and its business partners,” he said.

But he tried to sound defiant.

“From the time that Trump announced the withdrawal from the nuclear deal, America has not been able to reach its goals,” he added.

However aggressive the country may be, things are not terribly great for Iran right now, as Reuters pointed out.

“Iran’s parliament sacked the minister of economic affairs and finance on Sunday, state media said, amid a sharp fall in the rial currency and a deterioration in the economic situation,” Reuters noted.

“The Iranian economy is dogged by high unemployment and the rial has lost half its value since April. The United States reimposed some sanctions in early August and a second set targeting Iran’s oil industry is due to take effect in November.”

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It isn’t just the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran deal that’s been ailing Tehran, mind you.

Since December, well before that decision, the mullahs’ regime has been subject to sporadic protests due to the deteriorating economic situation there.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani — mostly a figurehead when it comes to foreign affairs but who wields considerable power internally — has become increasingly hardline when it comes to the United States, although he has previously positioned himself as a pragmatist.

Earlier in the summer, Rouhani seemed to threaten the United States with war.

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