Exclusive: Iran charts active plans for fighting “Trump’s economic war”

Tehran is deep in hectic discussions on ways to fight crippling US sanctions – whether by terror or fast-tracked nuclear development, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources reveal.
The first inkling of these deliberations came on Monday, Feb. 18 from Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani when he complained that “economic war is more difficult than military war.”  The heads of the Islamic Republican regime and military chiefs decided some weeks ago that it was time for action when they saw reports on the disastrous state of Iran’s economy and on the rising anti-regime disaffection in the streets over extreme hardship and shortages.
Rouhani spoke at the inauguration of new oil refineries at Bandar Abbas on the Gulf coast, an important port and the seat of several Revolutionary Guards command posts. His reference to “economic war” indicated that the regime’s discussions are focusing on a form of belligerence in reprisal for US sanctions. “Iran must fight Trump’s war with war,” is the precept put forward by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Guards chief, Gen. Ali Jaafari with majority support. After weeks of parley, they are close to a decision on tactics. Should Iran resort to the military or the nuclear path – or both?
For the revolutionary regime, “military” would translate as a wave of terrorist attacks on American forces and facilities across the Middle East. This was first attempted on Feb. 2 when three Iranian missiles were caught pointing ready to fire at the US Ain Al Asad air base in western Iraq near the Syrian border.
The nuclear path would mean fast-tracking Iran’s nuclear weapons program as a provocation for raising war tensions with the US and Israel.

The coming issue of DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers) out next Friday, Feb. 22 enlarges in exclusive detail on the discussions afoot in Tehran for a settling of accounts on sanctions with the Trump administration, their outcome and their timeline.

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37 thoughts on “Exclusive: Iran charts active plans for fighting “Trump’s economic war”

  • Feb 18, 2019 @ 18:56 at 18:56

    Nuke them before they go nuclear. MAD does not work against the mad.

    • Feb 19, 2019 @ 11:04 at 11:04

      Nor does your mad “solution” – no go back to sleep.

    • Feb 20, 2019 @ 8:21 at 8:21

      Just a few weeks ago, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran will not negotiate with the West over its presence in the Middle East, no problem with the United States can be resolved and negotiations are a loss, and Tehran will turned to European Powers of France, Germany and Britain to overcome the sanctions. I guess he is having misgivings. The Facts are the Iranian, Iraqi, Houthis, and Hizballah Shiia, are to in fear knowing they cannot to anything about it. They are slowly being drained of resources and the price of oil is just getting lower making nearer to being victims of their own making. Inshallah.

  • Feb 18, 2019 @ 20:55 at 20:55

    all mouth no action..they know what will happen….they won’t get the first bomb built..no matter how deep a hole you make won’t protect you…the end is near..turn so as not to burn

    • Feb 19, 2019 @ 15:46 at 15:46

      There is no end , and its not near —- totally crazy statement definitional paradox ; If the end is near than whos end is near , and the end does not have the end , than its not near ;
      You meant to say that someone will pur an end to Iran , and some hole in it , but than they cannot put an end to Iran , by putting an end to it . Probable statement would you will put an end to your doing , by this you will put an end to all your own doings.Otherwise you are trying to say that you will exterminate a big hole in Iran together with Iran –that is what exactly Iran is saying to you ; Does not make sense to put a hole in them and thus to do to yourself ;

    • Feb 19, 2019 @ 21:21 at 21:21

      like in the song:and now:the end is near……..

    • Feb 20, 2019 @ 13:20 at 13:20

      Meanwhile, Israel unveils Rafael’s new advanced bunker buster missile, ‘Rocks!’ The air-to-surface missile can be fired from a significant standoff range, reducing exposure of the aircraft. ‘Rocks’ provides a cutting edge and cost-effective solution that combines several combat-proven technologies inherited from our latest generation SPICE system. ‘Rocks’ effectively answers a growing demand for long range, GPS-independent Air-to-Ground precision strike capability”, taking out specific Tunnels, Bunkers, and Underground Facilities anywhere in the Middle East.

  • Feb 18, 2019 @ 21:06 at 21:06

    israel will not survive, that is sure
    the falling -us empire will not protect you.

    • Feb 18, 2019 @ 22:47 at 22:47

      Under that robe Rouhani has a large and heavy personal armor coat, just in case.
      But, they all die of AIDS infection, just like Arafat.

    • Feb 19, 2019 @ 1:44 at 1:44

      Israel will survive and its enemies will soon fall. You imbecile go learn history Israel is the quintessential survivor.

    • Feb 19, 2019 @ 2:14 at 2:14

      If Israel does not ‘survive’, then nobody else will either.

    • Feb 19, 2019 @ 3:16 at 3:16

      WHY would you presume that Israel can not survive without America?
      True, Israel is a small nation
      But also true, Israel has powerful state of the art weapons systems.
      If Israel needs another big friend, there are others, besides the US who can fill that role.

      By the way, how well could Iran have done inside Syria without Russian air power?
      By the way, how well could Iran have done inside Iraq without US air power?

      Of course, the Basiji are pretty good at defeationg unarmed students.
      And of course, Iran hires Shia fighters from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Iraq to be used as cannon fodder, in it’s overseas wars.

      Iranian forces are extremely heroic.

      • Feb 19, 2019 @ 4:27 at 4:27


    • Feb 19, 2019 @ 11:42 at 11:42

      “israel will not survive, that is sure
      the falling -us empire will not protect you.”

      @ one who calls himself “Abbas President of the Palestine”,

      If Israel doesn’t survive, the so-called “Palestinian Authority” will not survive either.

  • Feb 18, 2019 @ 22:34 at 22:34

    Debka isn’t even trying anymore

  • Feb 18, 2019 @ 22:46 at 22:46

    Winston Churchill – ‘Anti-semitism is hating Mileikowsky more than necessary’

    • Feb 18, 2019 @ 22:52 at 22:52

      ‘No more sacred Mileikowskys’

  • Feb 18, 2019 @ 23:38 at 23:38

    It does not matter how well Iran does economically – it will never filter down to its people. They have over them a corrupt, totalitarian, insanely Sicklamic country led by old facsist farts.

    • Feb 18, 2019 @ 23:48 at 23:48

      you can bleive the debka propaganda or not
      but iran economy is going much more better and stable than you believe

      • Feb 19, 2019 @ 0:03 at 0:03

        That’s odd, . . . Brietbart, CNN, BBC, ABC, Fox, and Yahoo all say that the Iranian economy is in shambles, . . . one or two steps ahead of Venezuela, . . . but fading fast. Perhaps from your dormitory next to the Iranian elite it isn’t bad, . . .

        But if it isn’t, . . . why all the demonstrations? Hmmm……………

      • Feb 19, 2019 @ 0:03 at 0:03

        Do you think US$ 16,211 average gross salary of the average Iranian is good (with stats that are probably manipulated by the Islamic regime to inflate that number)? Anyway, the freedom measure for the people of Iran is almost zero.

      • Feb 19, 2019 @ 2:23 at 2:23

        I think, given a long history of lying and idle boasts, that Iran is not be believed. They are frightened by the USA. Trump will smash them if they are not careful militarily too, and they very well know it. Really, its a good time for these tyrants to either be deposed or stop their ‘global jihad’ – start building their country instead, before its too late. Many many people will die otherwise – for nothing, because of sick and empty religious dictators.

        • Feb 19, 2019 @ 3:30 at 3:30

          Let the smashing begin, 3, 2, 1…. here comes a little payback for ‘79, vicious Islamist scum.

      • Feb 19, 2019 @ 12:03 at 12:03

        “———————-but iran economy is going much more better and stable than you believe”


        Just wondering…………………how much of all that money (in cash none the less) which the Obama Administration sent to Iran (during the very last week of that Administration) have they already spent on supplying missiles to Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Syria and Yemen (as well as their own military)………………..must be awfully expensive and none of that money is being used to improve the lives of the Iranian civilian population.

        • Feb 19, 2019 @ 13:06 at 13:06

          -you can argue thousand time “Obama has released the frozen -iranian money, that money belongs to iran”
          but the jews and troll believe or say so , if iran got the US Tax Payer Money.

          Iran is not Israel, Iran does not money of other countries,
          Israel is living of cost of US Tax Payer.
          Jews are always living on cost of other people, and countries

          • Feb 20, 2019 @ 10:54 at 10:54

            “-you can argue thousand time “Obama has released the frozen -iranian money, that money belongs to iran”

            @ (one who calls himself) “Abbas President of the Palestine”,

            Wrong………………….that money belongs to all of the victims of Iranian terrorism throughout the world.

  • Feb 19, 2019 @ 3:40 at 3:40

    That refinery appears to be a juicy target.

    • Feb 19, 2019 @ 3:59 at 3:59

      Yes it does.

  • Feb 19, 2019 @ 5:03 at 5:03

    I’ll bet that there are hundreds, if not thousands of targets already marked, inside of Iran.

  • Feb 19, 2019 @ 7:11 at 7:11

    I cannot believe how scary Iran is. They are so scary that they make me unirinate down my leg.

    I have found that allowing a cute little piggy to take me from the backside provides me with the relief I need.

    Thanks, piggies. And thanks mommy and daddy, for showing me the way.


  • Feb 19, 2019 @ 8:22 at 8:22

    I doubt seriously that Iran has anything dramatic in mind where Israel is concerned. It HAS been reported that Iran and China are hacking western computers. Perhaps more computer interference will happen. It worries more that the Israeli ombudsman believes that Israeli ground forces are unprepared as ever. Even if he’s being alarmist, it is a serious and possibly accurate perception.

  • Feb 19, 2019 @ 11:50 at 11:50

    ” It worries more that the Israeli ombudsman believes that Israeli ground forces are unprepared as ever. Even if he’s being alarmist, it is a serious and possibly accurate perception.”


    That’s an issue which the new Chief of Staff will need to start dealing with immediately, even if only partially accurate.

  • Feb 19, 2019 @ 13:12 at 13:12

    The best evidence of hard crippling US sanctions is the inauguration of new oil refineries.

    the star of Persian gulf raffiniereie will produce enough Benzin for domestic usage and for export.

    the cheaper iranian benzin, will found a lot of buyer

    • Feb 19, 2019 @ 15:52 at 15:52

      who is going to buy presian oil under embargo ///?

      • Feb 19, 2019 @ 19:09 at 19:09

        india ,china ,south corea, japan are officialy excluded by american
        and there are many many other unknown small buyer which buying without your knowledge

  • Feb 19, 2019 @ 19:38 at 19:38

    What would the EU have left to work with Iran if the Iranians take both paths terrorism and the nuclear option against the US. The EU would have to take sides and that may be somewhat problematic for more than half of the EU countries who support the US on it’s sanctions regimes against the US..

  • Feb 27, 2019 @ 18:40 at 18:40

    Maybe they are going to steal the ” Green New Deal” ideas and implement that in Iran

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