Iran Foreign Minister Accuses U.S. of Waging a “Psychological War”

On Sunday, Iran’s parliament removed from office its minister of economic affairs and finance. The oust comes after a drastic drop in the country’s currency destroyed its economy.

Following the removal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday stated that the U.S. is waging a “psychological war” against Iran.

“[America’s] focus is on a psychological war against Iran and its business partners,” Zarif said, according to the Tasnim news agency, Reuters reports.

Zarif’s remarks come weeks after the U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran in early August.

The U.S. is expected to issue a second set of sanctions that will hit Iran’s oil industry starting in November, according to the news outlet.

Iran’s currency has fallen sharply since the U.S. sanctions were reimposed, wreaking havoc on the country’s economy.

Zarif said on Sunday that Iran is dealing with a “unique, complicated and sensitive” situation, involving both external and internal security threats, Reuters reported.

Reuters reports that protests tied to Iran’s worsening economic situation began in late December and have continued since, resulting in 25 deaths so far.

The Trump administration reimposed sanctions on Iran earlier this month, after President Trump’s controversial decision to leave the 2015 Iran deal in May.

The President called the sanctions, “the most biting … ever.”

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