Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday the “genocidal taunts” of Donald Trump would not “end Iran.”
TEHRAN: the “genocidal taunts” of US President Donald Trump would not “end Iran”, as tensions spike between the two countries, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.
“Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. Economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’,” Zarif Tweeted.
He added, “Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect — it works!”
The reply by Iran’s top diplomat follows an ominous warning by Trump, who on Sunday suggested the Islamic republic would be destroyed if it attacked US interests.
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again,” Trump tweeted.
A year ago relationship between Tehran and US fallen when Trump chosen of a breakthrough 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and enforced tough sanctions.
Iranian officials have frequently criticized the one-sided US sanctions as “economic terrorism”, saying that they have slow down the flow of vital things.
Pressures have increased further this month with Washington declaring more economic measures against Tehran, before deploying a carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf over vague alleged Iranian “threats”.
The Trump administration previous week ordered non-essential diplomatic staff out of Iraq, mentioning the threat posed by Iranian-backed Iraqi armed groups.
A rocket was fired into the Green Zone of Baghdad, which houses government offices and embassies as well as the US mission. It was not instantly clear who was behind the attack.
While the US claim of Iranian “threats” has been met with extensive suspicion outside the United States, the escalating tensions have sparked growing international concern.
British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told reporters, “I would say to the Iranians, do not take too lightly the resolve on the US side in the situation.”
He added. “They don’t want a war with Iran, but if American interests are attacked they will retaliate.”
Hunt said that Britain wanted “the situation to de-escalate” and urged Iran “to pull back from the destabilizing activities it does throughout the region.”