President Hassan Rouhani has demanded consensus among Iran's political factions to overcome conditions he said may be more difficult than those during the 1980s war with Iraq.
As Iran faces a tightening of US sanctions, Rouhani said on Saturday that his country was under unprecedented pressure compared to when Saddam Hussein's army invaded Iran in 1980, leading eight years of intense fights and economic problems.
"Today it can not be said if the conditions are better or worse than the war period (1980-88), but during the war we had no problems with our banks, oil sales or imports and exports, and there were only sanctions against weapons purchases," Iran's state news agency IRNA, Rouhani said.
"The pressure of 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 bypass these difficult conditions provided we are united," Rouhani
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Hardliners has criticized Rouhani after the US President, Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew from Iran's Love Agreement 2015 with world powers that Rouhani supported and reimposed sanctions last year.
The Iranian president has also been abandoned by some of his moderate allies.
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Rouhani comments came as the commander of Iran's elite revolutionary guards said in a parliamentary session on Sunday that the United States has begun a psychological war in the region, according to a parliamentary spokesman.
"Commander Salami, with attention to the situation in the region, presented an analysis that the Americans have begun a psychological war for the arrivals and military service to be a common thing, said chairman of parliamentary leadership Behrouz Nemati.
General General Hossein Salami was appointed as head of the guards last month
The US military has sent forces and military hardware, including an aircraft company, B-52 bombers, and a patriotic missile battery to the Middle East to counteract what US officials have said are "clear indications" of threats from Iran to its forces there.
Washington did not give details of the nature of the threat from Tehran.
Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the space sector departments, said the US military presence was an "opportunity" according to the Iranian student news agency (ISNA )
"An aircraft that has at least 40 to 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces gathered in it were a serious threat to us earlier, but now … the threats have turned into opportunities, he says, adding: "If [the Americans] makes a move, we will hit them in the head. "
Meanwhile, Ilan Goldberg, an analyst at the New American Security Center, urged the media to" stop overheating any war on Iran "and say that the US" deployment is far from a massive gambler ".
Goldberg , who previously worked for the Pentagon, added that the expansion was "still not close" to what the United States had in the region at the top of the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS).
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On Friday the guards rejected an invitation from Trump calling on Iranian leaders to talk to him about giving up their nuclear program.
Trump did the offer while he said he could not rule out a military confrontation, but, Yadollah Javani, guards deputy political assistant affairs, said the United States was "unreliable"
On the same day, CNN reported that the White House had sent a telephone number to the Swiss to contact Trump
The Swiss Embassy in Tehran represents American interests in the Islamic Republic.
Separately, a media court in Iran sent on Saturday the week Seda (Voice), the holiday Official news agency ISNA reported after the reformist newspaper published an issue containing articles that warned of the possibility of war with the United States.
"At the crossroads of war and peace, moderates have lost or will they rescue Iran from war again?" The main headline reads against a photograph of US Navy warships.
On social media, hardliners attacked the magazine as "Trump's voice," suggesting that its war danger warning constituted a call for talks with the United States
"At the height of America's political, economic and media war against the Iranian nation, an Iranian publication of the enemy media operations in the country, "wrote the hard news agency Fars in a comment.