US launches campaign to pile pressure on Iranian leaders

The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, according to US officials familiar with the matter.

More than half a dozen current and former officials said the campaign, supported by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, is meant to work in concert with President Donald Trump’s push to throttle Iran’s economy by re-imposing tough sanctions.

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“Americans should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace,” Rouhani told a group of diplomats in the Iranian capital, Tehran. “Likewise a war would be the mother of all wars.”