Iran decries “psychological warfare” after U.S. sanctions

Aug 07, 2018, 6:44 AM EDT
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani described the move as a blow to prospects of diplomatic engagement with the U.S.
(Source: OIC Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit in Istanbul/flickr)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, under pressure over the country’s failing economy and the rial’s tailspin, denounced the “psychological warfare” by America after a new round of U.S. economic sanctions against Tehran kicked in on Tuesday.

The sanctions, which follow Washington’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal earlier in May, restrict the middle east nation’s access to dollars, gold and precious metals and are likely to be compounded with even more strict measures by November, notes The Guardian.

Rouhani condemned the sanctions as a blow to any prospects of diplomatic engagement with the U.S. while describing the move as politically motivated and designed to placate voters at home, reports the BBC.