Iran foreign minister on Trump all-caps tweet: ‘Color us unimpressed’
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday fired back at President Trump’s warning that Iran would suffer “consequences” if it continued with its threats against the U.S., saying that the nation is unimpressed by the president’s words.
“COLOR US UNIMPRESSED,” Zarif tweeted. “The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them —albeit more civilized ones—for 40 yrs.”
Zarif added that “we’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!”
COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them —albeit more civilized ones—for 40 yrs. We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 23, 2018
The statement from Zarif comes a day after Trump sent an all-caps tweet aimed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE,” Trump said. “WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
The message from Trump came after Rouhani issued a forceful statement of his own about the U.S. president.
“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani reportedly told a group of diplomats.
In addition to the back-and-forth between the U.S. and the Iranian president, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday compared Iranian leaders to the mafia during an appearance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
National security adviser John Bolton then reinforced Trump’s position on Monday, saying that Iran would “pay a price” if it acts negatively toward the U.S.
Tensions between the U.S. and Iran date back before the Trump administration. However, the relationship has grown heated following Trump’s withdrawal of the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year.
The Obama-era agreement eliminated sanctions on Iran in exchange for the nation abandoning its nuclear program. Every other country in the pact has said it will uphold the deal.