Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed the Trump administration has been spooked by Iran following a meeting he had with US senator Chris Murphy due to an opportunity to talk directly to “the American nation”. The pair met in Germany at an international security conference with the move questioned by President Trump amid fears it could have violated US law, which was backed up by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. But Mr Zarif took this as the US being scared off and used it as an opportunity to mock the Republican, the New York Times reports.
He said: “Trump and Pompeo are afraid of a senator hearing facts from the Iranian foreign minister.”
He also said his meeting was not his first with a US senator in the past 20 years.
Initially, it was unclear who he had the meeting with.
Mr Murphy said later his meeting with Iran was important because it is “dangerous not to talk to one’s enemies”.
He added: “I have no delusions about Iran — they are our adversary.”
President Trump was said to have been furious about the meeting.
The US and Iran have come dangerously close to all out conflict since the start of 2018.
President Trump is continuing his campaign of applying “maximum pressure” on the Middle East nation in the form of sanctions to cripple their economy.
Mr Zarif is not the first from Iran to take a swipe at the US President in recent days.
President Hassan Rouhani mocked President Trump’s bid to apply maximum pressure onto the Middle East state by claiming the Republican “has failed” on Monday.
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He said: “Of course, sanctions naturally create some problems, but they will not yield any results for the enemies. Maximum pressure has failed. We are in a better situation in the region now.”
He added: “I think the Americans aren’t after war since they know what harm it could do them.”
He said he would be willing to negotiate with President Trump if the US would reinstate the Iranian nuclear deal and drop sanctions against Tehran, Fox News reported.
The deal was negotiated by the Obama administration.
It comes amid soaring tensions between the two nations after embassy attacks in the week that followed the assassination of Iran’s top military chief.
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President Trump addressed the ballistic missile attacks on US military bases in Iraq last month.
He revealed the US suffered no casualties and that “all soldiers are safe” following the incident in Iraq, though a number had suffered head injuries it was later revealed.
Iran declared the attacks were in retaliation for the US killing of General Qassem Soleimani in an air strike early January.
President Trump said: “As long as I am President, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.
“I am pleased to inform you that the American people should be extremely grateful that no Americans were harmed in the attack. Iran appears to be standing down which is a good thing for all parties concerned.”
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