Iran slams the U.S. over the latest round of sanctions targeting the supreme leader and other Iranian officials, saying the new measures will permanently eliminate the chance of diplomatic relations.
A spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry made the remarks via twitter on Tuesday, further escalating the mounting tension between the nations.
According to Reuters, Abbas Mousavi made the remarks while slamming the Trump administration’s latest round of sanctions.
Mousavi continued by saying President Trump’s decision has undermined peace and security across the globe.
President Trump and National Security Adviser John Bolton have made it clear the U.S. is open to negotiations but has not taken military action off the table.
The Trump administration has weighed in on the latest round of sanctions which it claims, “Lock literally billions of dollars more of assets.”
Today, President @realDonaldTrump imposed hard hitting sanctions against Iran. As they continue to fund & support terror & sow malign influence across the region, we will not allow them to obtain a nuclear weapon & we will not tolerate threats against the US or our allies.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) June 24, 2019
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a live television appearance shortly after the Mousavi’s remarks, slamming the White House while saying the Trump administration is “afflicted by mental retardation.”
This comes just days after President Trump scrapped a planned strike on Iran reportedly 10 minutes before it was expected to happen.
In an interview with NBC, the president said he did not think the unmanned drone strike warranted a retaliatory strike taking the lives of possibly 150 Iranians.
He also took to twitter explaining the situation saying, “Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”
….proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
Tension between the Islamic Republic and the U.S. has skyrocketed in the past year, after the U.S. withdrew from the infamous Iran Nuclear Deal.
Since the American withdrawal, the Iranians have been scrambling to hold the crumbling deal in place with European counterparts as the economy adapts to a wide array of U.S. sanctions.