Zarif: Trump’s Threats Will Not Work against Iranians
Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned US President Donald Trump's latest speech against Iran as "inane," stressing that using threats against the Islamic Republic will prove to be ineffective.
"Allegations, threats and profanity will never intimidate Iranians. Trump will eventually discover this; as every predecessor did," Zarif tweeted just after Trump officially announced on Friday that he would not certify Iran's 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], with world powers.
"No wonder supporters of Trump's inane Iran speech are those bastions of democracy in the Persian Gulf: KSA, UAE and Bahrain," he noted.
Following Trump's speech, the official Saudi Press Agency [SPA] reported that the Riyadh regime backs Trump's "firm strategy" on Iran.
"The kingdom backs and welcomes the firm strategy on Iran and its aggressive policy that was announced by US President Donald Trump," it said in a statement.
Trump called Iran a "rogue" state and repeated Washington's allegations that Tehran sponsors terrorism and continues "aggression in the Middle East and all around the world."
Zarif also denounced Trump's hostile rhetoric against Iran in another Tweet, saying, "For the definition of rogue, compare Trump's words with President Rouhani's response."
For his part, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed Trump's speech against the Islamic Republic as nothing more than insults and delirious talk, urging the US president to brush up on his world history and geography to improve his comprehension of international obligations and global ethics, etiquette and conventions.
Apart from his refusal to certify the JCPOA, Trump also warned in his strategic review of US policy on Iran that he might ultimately terminate the deal, in defiance of other world powers and undermining a landmark victory of multilateral diplomacy.
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