Iran poses no threat to Iraq or any other state and has no intention to attack US assets in the Middle East, a spokesman for the Iranian mission to the UN said Thursday.
Alireza Miryousefi also said that Team Trump’s warning of heightened threats from the Islamic Republic was bogus.
“Such allegations are part of the US psychological warfare against Iran and the Iranian people will not capitulate,” Miryousefi said, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.
‘This is just the latest escalation in the propaganda warfare the US waged against Iran, using ‘Fake intelligence’ perhaps hoping to initiate a conflict,” he argued.
“Iran is no threat to anybody in Iraq or elsewhere, and Iran is not preparing for any attacks anywhere. Iran, as is evidenced by our history, only acts in self-defense, and has no offensive strategy against any nation. Iranians will not capitulate to this new psychological war.”
The administration has dispatched the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to the region, and a bomber task force, including B-52s, was also deployed as part of President Trump’s goal of applying maximum pressure against the regime.
The U.S.S. Arlington and a battery of Patriot missile systems were also on the way, and non-essential personnel were evacuated from the US embassy in Baghdad.
The administration cited photos showing Iranian Naval vessels being outfitted with rockets as evidence of Tehran’s growing threat — a conclusion disputed by lawmakers from both parties and America’s European allies.
And the growing US pressure has weakened pragmatic President Hassan Rouhani and made his hardline rivals more assertive at home and abroad, recent developments show, Reuters reported.
When he succeeded firebrand leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2013, Rouhani was seen as an establishment figure who would do little to end Iran’s long standoff with the West.
Two years later, his administration signed the nuclear deal with six world powers that spurred hopes for wider political change.
Rouhani’s authority is now waning: his brother, a key adviser on the 2015 deal, has been sentenced to jail on unspecified corruption charges, a hardline rival heads the judiciary and his government is under fire for responding too softly to Trump’s sanctions squeeze.
Trump has said lifting sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program did not stop Tehran meddling in neighboring states or developing ballistic missile capabilities and Rouhani’s outreach to the West was a fig leaf.