The U.S. has been warned against addressing the Islamic Republic of Iran with disrespect and threats of war.
Iran gave this warning, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked concerns about a potential U.S.-Iran conflict.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the U.S. again!”
But through his twitter account, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Zarif replied “Never Threaten An Iranian. Try respect—it works!”
Zarif had earlier praised Trump for earlier remarks seen as cautioning hawks in his administration, who were encouraging conflict.
The President “rightly deplores ‘military-industrial complex’ pushing U.S. #ForeverWars,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.
But he said Trump had allowed a “B-team” of aides led by National Security Advisor John Bolton to “trash diplomacy”.
He accused them of “milking despotic butchers via massive arms sales”, an apparent reference to Iran’s main regional foe, Saudi Arabia, Washington’s biggest arms buyer.