Last week, Trump had tweeted, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.” That tweet came unprovoked, and was the latest in a series of abusive remarks by the 45th president of the United States against Iran. On Thursday, Trump also called Iran “a nation of terror.”
Asked by a reporter about those remarks on Friday, Foreign Minister Zarif said they reflected Trump’s real attitude toward the Iranian people, as opposed to his more usual claims that his administration cared about the Iranian people.
Iran has been around for thousands of years and will continue to stand, he said, and a country that has newly arrived on the block has no right to talk about Iran like that.
Zarif said Trump was attempting to impose his political view on Iran through economic sanctions, including with sanctions on food and medicine. That is terrorism, he said.
The label “terrorist” is thus only befitting of the US president himself, he said.
Trump unilaterally pulled the US out of a multilateral deal with Iran last year. His administration has been imposing sanctions on the country ever since. The US president claims he wants another deal with the Islamic Republic and has said he is ready to negotiate.
Iran has rejected the prospect of talks with America until it changes its approach.