Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif just responded to Donald Trump’s Twitter attack, saying that Iran is “unimpressed” with the U.S. President’s attack on the country.
Zarif wrote on Twitter, “COLOR US UNIMPRESSED.” He added that the country has “been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own.”
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
Zarif’s tweet came in response to Trump’s late night, all-caps rant against the Middle Eastern nation. Trump wrote, “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN,” and added that any new threats “CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”
It’s hard to tell whether or not the president would consider Zarif’s tweet another threat. Regardless, it’s difficult to take President Trump seriously, considering how many times he has threatened a person or country with no action afterward.
In a press briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that President Trump wasn’t responsible for rising tensions in Iran. Rather, she stated, “The president’s responding to Iran and he’s not going to allow them to continue to make threats against America. If anybody is inciting anything, look no further than to Iran.”
Trump’s incendiary tweet last night came in response to a warning from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. He said on Sunday that any “war with Iran is the mother of all wars.” In addressing Trump directly, Rouhani stated, “Mr. Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail. This would only lead to regret.”
It appears that Trump isn’t heeding the warning. For their part, Trump’s critics attempted to figure out what the President’s motive was in his tweet. Senator Bernie Sanders commented on Twitter:
No, Obama improved relations with Iran. Are YOU, President Trump, planning to start a war to get re-elected? https://t.co/MyL5LGaSIv
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 23, 2018
Bloomberg News political reporter Sahil Kapur added:
Trump has repeatedly depicted war with Iran an something a president would do for domestic political gain.
Here are four examples 👇 pic.twitter.com/JdR1qM0BM8
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) July 23, 2018
Trump hasn’t responded to the Iranian foreign minister’s comment but given his nature, we can expect to see something by the end of the day.