Iran's influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Tuesday that foreign media were using "psychological warfare" to create discord among Iranians, state media reported.
Rafsanjani, a rival of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad whose disputed re-election in June plunged Iran into crisis, also repeated his plea for national unity in remarks to Iran's top clerical body.
Rafsanjani, a long-standing Ahmadinejad rival, backed the opposition in the early weeks of the post-vote unrest but has come under heavy pressure from the authorities to show loyalty to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
"Foreign media were also involved in the enemies' psychological warfare and we have to have the astuteness needed to make proper decisions in good time," Rafsanjani told the powerful 86-seat Assembly of Experts, referring to the unrest.
"Our enemies have always been plotting against us," said Rafsanjani, adding that "we should be prepared to block their plots, though they are mainly psychology warfare," he told Iran's top clerical body, which he chairs.
ReutersLast Mod: 23 Eylül 2009, 12:38