Iran slams 'genocidal taunts' by US, increases uranium stockpiles
[Aljazeera] A top Iranian official has called on the United States to address Tehran with respect, not with a threat of war, a day after US President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning to Tehran on Twitter.
The war of words on Monday came as the semi-official Tasnim news agency announced Iran has , in line with an earlier decision to scale back some of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal.
"Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. Economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won't 'end Iran'," Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, wrote on Twitter.
"Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect - it works!" he added.
The riposte followed a Twitter post by Trump, who told Iran not to threaten the US.
"If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," he wrote on Sunday, without clarifying what threats he meant.
Trump doubled down on Monday, saying Iran would be met with "great force" if it attempted anything against US interests in the Middle East. But while arguing that Tehran had been very hostile towards Washington, the US president told reporters as he departed the White House that he was still willing to have talks with Iran "when they're ready".
Hours later, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he favoured talks and diplomacy but not under the existing conditions.
Posted by: Besoeker 2019-05-21