United States does not dare attack Iran, says Revolutionary Guards commander

US President Donald Trump has made it clear that he does not want to hurt Iran, rather just that he doesn't want them having nuclear weapons.

Then in January, France, Germany and the United Kingdom set up an Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges ( INSTEX ) special objective vehicle to facilitate non-dollar trade with Iran as a channel to bypass U.S. sanctions and allow for humanitarian trade.

Addressing a ceremony commemorating the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, Rohani said that the Iranians "have not bowed to pressures despite facing difficulties in their lives", according to the official IRNA news agency.

Washington began increasing its presence in the region this month in response to perceived threats from Iran, including sending an aircraft carrier strike group, four bomber aircraft and fighter jets.

This comes a day after Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Gholamali Rashid said that the United States and its allies "do not dare" to attack Iran because of its "spirit of resistance", said Revolutionary Guards commander on Wednesday.

Speaking on May 23 among Iranian war veterans, Rouhani once again likened United States sanctions to an "economic war" against Iran, and an "attack on the people's welfare". The other signatories are Russian Federation and China.

While the Trump administration has provided scant public evidence to back up its recent allegations of an increased Iranian threat, some senior advisers to the U.S. president appear to be pushing for a military confrontation.

Reiterating Iran's stance, the spokesman for its Supreme National Security Council said on Thursday: "There will not be any negotiations between Iran and America".

The U.S. held secret talks in Oman with the Iranians that gave birth to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Prime Minister Netanyahu thinks should there be war in the region his country would be one of the prime victims of Iranian wrath.

The Pentagon was to present plans to the White House on Thursday to send up to 10,000 more American troops to the Middle Eas, US officials said.

Khamenei has final say on all matters of state, and his blaming the deal's unraveling limits the influence of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif - relative moderates within Iran's Shiite theocracy who had struck the deal.

Reformist Mostafa Hashemi Taba said that the government powers are "below expectations", adding that the situation in Iran today is more hard than the time of war.

"What we're looking at is: Are there things that we can do to enhance force protection in the Middle East?".

But Republican senator Mitt Romney said the action taken by the Trump administration was "totally appropriate" and sent a message that "if you attack our people, there will be a response".


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