Never threaten an Iranian, Zarif warns Trump

A day after US President Donald Trump warned war would “be the official end of Iran”, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday fired back on Twitter that the president should never threaten an Iranian, adding that only respect works.

Drawing a historical parallel, Zarif said Trump and his “B-Team” want to achieve something that Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan had failed to do. They fail to realise that Iranians stood tall for millennia while aggressors had all gone.

While mentioning the ‘B Team’, Zarif had in mind Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

After withdrawing from the historic nuclear deal with Iran in May last year, the US imposed tougher sanctions on Iran which Tehran calls economic terrorism.

In another development on Monday, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) started to increase stockpile of its enriched uranium by four times.

An AEOI spokesman said the move was in response to Europe’s inaction and failure to compensate for Iran’s losses after the re-imposition of sanctions by the US.

Both EU and the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had been informed about Iran’s decision to increase the stockpile of enriched uranium, the spokesman said.

Talking to reporters at the Natanz nuclear site, the spokesman hoped Iran’s move to increase the stockpile of enriched uranium force the stakeholders to change their policies and respect the landmark nuclear deal.

Monday’s incidents come amid rising tensions between Iran and the US especially after Washington deployed a heavily armed carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf in response to “aggressive moves” by Iran in the region.

Adding to the tensions, the US pulled all non-emergency personnel from Iraq, citing potential threats from Iran-backed militias.