‘Never threaten the Iranians’: Zarif threatens President Trump as tensions rise
Iran’s foreign minister has threatened President Donald Trump for his overnight tweet warning the Islamic Republic that war would be “the official end of Iran.”
In a tweet, Mohammad Javad Zarif said: “Goaded by #B_Team, @realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. #EconomicTerrorism & genocidal taunts won’t “end Iran”. #NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect-it works!”
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” President Trump tweeted Sunday night.
Trump’s warning came shortly after a rocket exploded close to the US embassy in Baghdad in the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone.
The US evacuated non-essential embassy staff from Iraq on Wednesday over a ‘credible threat’ by Iran or Iranian proxies. In addition, Britain has raised the threat level to troops and diplomats in Iraq because of a ‘heightened security risk’ from Iran.
Pictures showing Iranian paramilitary forces loading missiles onto small boats, amid concern that the Revolutionary Guards terror group would fire them at US navy vessels, are behind a recent sharp escalation between the US and Iran.
The United States increased its military presence in the Persian Gulf region soon after, citing “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Tehran.