Washington 0
19 May 2019

In a tweet, President Trump declared that "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!" Iranian Foreign Minister Javad subsequently responded via the same medium, stating that Trump, "goaded by the B-Team [i.e John Bolton and the leaderships of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE]... hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis and other aggressors failed to". "Economic terrorism and genocidal taunts", he added, "won't 'end Iran'". Zarif ended the tweet with the hashtag "#NeverThreatenAnIranian", and the suggestion that Trump "try respect - it works!"

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