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Iran Responds to Trump's Warning

'Never threaten an Iranian,' suggests country's foreign minister
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2019 11:55 AM CDT
This Feb. 13, 2019, file photo shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaking at a news conference in Tehran, Iran.   (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

(Newser) – Tensions between the US and Iran are high, and within hours of President Trump's Monday tweet warning Iran to stop threatening the US or it would face its "official end," Iran has responded. "Goaded by #B_Team, @realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. #EconomicTerrorism & genocidal taunts won't 'end Iran,'" Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. "#NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect—it works!" The "B_Team" apparently refers to Trump's advisers, including John Bolton, the Guardian reports.

The UK foreign secretary, however, suggested Iran take Trump's warning seriously. "I would say to the Iranians: do not underestimate the resolve on the US side," Jeremy Hunt said while speaking in Geneva. "They don’t want a war with Iran. But if American interests are attacked, they will retaliate. And that is something that the Iranians needs to think about very, very carefully." Sen. Lindsey Graham also weighed in Monday: "It is clear that over the last several weeks Iran has attacked pipelines and ships of other nations and created threat streams against American interests in Iraq," he tweeted, adding, "The fault lies with the Iranians, not the United States or any other nation. If the Iranian threats against American personnel and interests are activated we must deliver an overwhelming military response. Stand firm Mr. President." (Read more Iran stories.)

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