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Rouhani claims U.S. seeking regime change in Iran

Hassan Rouhani

Iran President Hassan Rouhani in a Sunday TV speech said the U.S. administration is seeking a regime change in Iran.

“The U.S. is using "psychological and economic warfare" and questioning the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic to "pursue regime change" in Iran,” Rouhani said while commemorating the beginning of the academic year at Tehran University.

Rouhani accused the U.S. government of employing tactics such as psychological and economic warfare to spark a change of leadership in Iran.

On Sept. 24, the White House promised to keep exerting “maximum pressure” on Iran and said new sanctions were in the pipeline, while insisting that the U.S. was not seeking the overthrow of Tehran’s clerical regime.

Tensions have ramped up between Iran and the U.S. after President Donald Trump withdrew from an agreement on Iran's nuclear programme in May and reimposed sanctions in August.

The U.S. is planning on imposing additional sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector in November.