President Donald Trump shared his concerns about a potential conflict between the United States and Iran. And after that, officials from Iran urged the United States to address them with respect, not a threat of war.
The Iranian government announced an increased rate of low-grade uranium enrichment, one year after the United States under Donald Trump quit the Iranian deal and raised sanctions on Iran.
“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
To this, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif replied:
“NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect – it works!’’
In the beginning, Trump was praised by the Iranian Foreign Minister (who is educated in the United States) but said that Trump has allowed a B-team of aides led by National Security Advisor John Bolton to trash U.S. diplomacy as he accused them of milking despotic butchers via massive arms sales. Zarif was thinking of Saudi Arabia which is the biggest weapon buyer from the United States.
According to Reuters, Trump has tightened economic sanctions against Iran, and his administration says it has built up the U.S. military presence in the Region. It accuses Iran of posing threats to U.S. troops and interests. Official Tehran has denied this, describing U.S. moves as psychological warfare and a political game.
Britain also warned Iran not to underestimate the resolve of the United States, and if the American interests were attacked, then the Trump administration would “return the favor.’’
Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, who is the foreign minister of Oman (the country known for helping the United States and Iran make a deal in the past), visited Iran on Monday, as he discussed international issues with Iranian foreign minister, according to the IRNA – the news agency of Iran.