Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has accused the Trump administration of being “confused” and “liars” after Washington imposed sanctions towards the Islamic republic’s supreme chief and prime diplomat.
He stated the most recent transfer by Donald Trump, the US president, to extend stress on Tehran by concentrating on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mohammad Javad Zarif, the international minister, confirmed that officers within the White Home had turn out to be “mentally retarded” and “don’t know what they’re doing”.
“Any authorities, which has an iota of knowledge and prudence will . . . lose its thoughts and act stupidly and outrageously . . . to impose sanctions towards essentially the most senior authority of a rustic,” Mr Rouhani stated on Tuesday on state tv.
Mr Trump introduced the sanctions on Monday, days after he known as off navy strikes towards the Islamic republic after Iranian forces shot down an unmanned American spy drone.
The US president has imposed crippling sanctions on Iran since he final 12 months unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord Iran signed with world powers.
The newest transfer towards Mr Khamenei and his workplace is unlikely to have a lot financial affect, however it’s seen as extremely provocative in Iran and can gasoline suspicions that Washington is pushing for regime change within the Islamic republic.
The Iranian international ministry stated the most recent sanctions have been an act that “blocks diplomacy eternally”.
Mr Khamenei is the republic’s final choice maker who must authorise any transfer in direction of talks with the US. Mr Zarif is a veteran diplomat who’s revered in lots of international capitals and has been on the centre of efforts to have interaction with European powers to maintain the 2015 nuclear deal alive.
The supreme chief not often travels exterior Iran — it’s believed that his final journey overseas was to North Korea three many years in the past. Mr Rouhani stated Mr Khamenei lives in a easy home and had no financial institution accounts in any international nation that may very well be subjected to sanctions.
He accused the Trump administration of “telling lies” by suggesting it wished to carry talks with Iran.
“In case you are telling the reality and wish negotiations with Iran, why do you plan to place international minister beneath sanctions?” he stated. “This makes it clear that you’re telling lies . . . You might have proved that you’re liars instantly”.
Washington stated it will impose sanctions on Mr Zarif this week.