Iran slams the U.S. saying it has every right to respond to “unacceptable” American sanctions as bilateral tension continues to mount.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif made the remarks during a visit to Tokyo Thursday saying the Islamic Republic has exercised “maximum restraints” against the United States.
Zarif also blamed the U.S. for increased tension calling the behavior “uncalled for” while also mentioning “a multilateral deal cannot be treated unilaterally.”
Zarif’s comments come just one day after the State Department ordered non-emergency personnel to leave the U.S. Embassy and consulate in Iraq over speculation there was not adequate protection for Americans in the country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Iraq for an unannounced visit last week where he reportedly discussed if Iraq was able to offer adequate security in case Iran were to carry out an attack.
….Different opinions are expressed and I make a decisive and final decision – it is a very simple process. All sides, views, and policies are covered. I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2019
His remarks come just days after Saudi Arabian oil pipelines were reportedly attacked with drones, which the Kingdom blames on the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen.
Earlier this month, the U.S. made an announcement saying it would be deploying a bomber strike force and an aircraft carrier strike group amid rising tension with the Islamic Republic.
President Trump continues to warn the Islamic Republic against rising escalation saying the nation would greatly suffer if it chose to carry out any type of attack targeting Americans and their allies.