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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at the Hussayniyeh of Imam Khomeini in Tehran, Iran, August 13, 2018.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the government on Monday of economic mismanagement and said it needed to improve its performance to help the country better weather newly reimposed USA sanctions.

He also ruled out the possibility of any military confrontation with the United States, Iranian state TV reported. The 2015 agreement placed tight controls on Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of worldwide sanctions.

Iran's supreme leader has ordered a purge of banking and finance officials in response to its economic crisis after the head of the judiciary said that the country was facing "economic war".

The US reinstated certain economic sanctions against Iran last week, with President Trump promising more to come in November. There will be no war... "I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management", Iranian state TV quoted Khamenei as saying, in his first reaction to the reimposition of U.S. sanctions. "I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management", state TV quoted Khamenei as saying.

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"Iran will not change its policies in the region because of US sanctions and threats", al Jazeera on Monday quoted Zarif as saying.

The protests in cities and towns across Iran have often begun with slogans against the high cost of living, high prices and a lack of jobs, but have then quickly turned into anti-government rallies.

"It is not that the sanctions do not play a role; but a major part of the situation is the result of [government's own] actions", Khamenei said, according to Irna, as he was addressing thousands of Iranians in Tehran on Monday.

"Our will to enhance our defense power in all fields will increase if the pressure mounts on Iran", Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said after unveiling the "fully home-made precision-guided" missile.


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