Amid Tensions With U.S., Iran's Rohani Seeks Wartime Executive Powers

Rohani cites 1980s war with Iraq, when a wartime supreme council was able to bypass other branches to make decisions regarding the economy and the war, IRNA news agency reports

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Iran's president has told a group of clerics that he is seeking expanded, wartime executive powers to better deal with an "economic war" triggered by the Trump administration's pullout from the nuclear deal and escalating U.S. sanctions.

The state IRNA news agency reported late Monday that President Hassan Rohani cited the 1980s war with Iraq, when a wartime supreme council was able to bypass other branches to make decisions regarding the economy and the war.