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Iran says U.S. is waging 'psychological war'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday accused the United States of being focused "on a psychological war against Iran and its business partners."

In his comments to an Iranian state news agency, Zarif slammed President Trump's decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal, arguing the move has had negative consequences for the U.S., too. "From the time that Trump announced the withdrawal from the nuclear deal, America has not been able to reach its goals," Zarif said.

He also acknowledged Trump's leaving has caused political conflict within Iran. "There are some in the country who, instead of laying the groundwork for using the opportunities presented by the nuclear deal, chose a political fight," Zarif said. "And this political fight led to despair and disappointment."