TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the “genocidal taunts” of US President Donald Trump will not “end Iran”, as tensions spike between the two countries.
“Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. Economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.
“Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect – it works!” he added.
In another tweet, Zarif accused Trump of allowing his team to “trash diplomacy” and “abet war crimes – by milking despotic butchers via massive arms sales”.
The riposte 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.