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State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland all but scoffed at Iran’s threats and highlighted the fact that the value of Iran’s currency is falling under the weight of sanctions.

“Frankly, we see these threats from Tehran as just increasing evidence that the international pressure is beginning to bite there and that they are feeling increasingly isolated and they are trying to divert the attention of their own public from the difficulties inside Iran, including the economic difficulties as a result of the sanctions,” she said.

“I also … take note of the fact that there seems to have been a significant drop in the Iranian currency, and that’s, you know, among the measures of how these sanctions are biting on the country.”