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Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani
Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani has called for national unity and vigilance in the face of foreign mischievous acts.

Addressing a group of academics and students from the University of Tehran on Tuesday, Ayatollah Hashemi-Rafsanjani said that at the time of Western psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic, the Iranian people and the government should be rational and prudent.

“People, parties and statesmen should be prudent in maintaining unity against foreign meddling and mischief so as to disappoint enemies in fulfilling their vicious objectives,” ISNA reported the senior cleric as saying on Tuesday.

According to the former Iranian president, trust [among people and government] is an essential element of any society.

“Unity and trust prevents the arrogant powers from taking advantage of their psychological warfare and safeguards the Islamic Republic ensuring the future of the country,” he further explained.

The senior Iranian cleric further pointed out that discord only serves the interests of the country's enemies waiting in the wings.

Ahead of the inauguration of Iran's first nuclear power plant on August 21 Israel has threatened to attack the site.

Iranian officials have condemned such rhetoric as an international crime since the consequences of such a strike will not be limited to the Islamic Republic and will entail the global community.

Blasting the recent psychological warfare against the Iranian nation, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday at his weekly press conference that Western countries were seeking to incite a fear of Iran among regional countries to persuade them to stockpile weapons.

Mehmanparast's remarks come after media reported that the United States plans to sell arms in deals worth over $60 billion to certain Arab countries in the Persian Gulf to arm them against the Islamic Republic.

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