Iran slams claims by the White House suggesting it never abided by the Iran deal as tension between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic remains at an all-time high.
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif took to twitter Tuesday to respond to the claims by saying, “Seriously?”
Zarif tweeted a photo of the White House statement regarding the Iran deal and highlighted the portion which read, “There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms.”
Zarif’s response comes just one day after President Trump blasted Iran saying it was “playing with fire” after reports surfaced suggesting it had exceeded uranium limits as set by the 2015 nuclear accord.
The White House issued a statement after the information was made clear saying, “It was a mistake under the Iran nuclear deal to allow Iran to enrich uranium at any level. There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms.”
The statement continued by saying the Trump administration will continue its “maximum pressure” campaign targeting Tehran as the nation’s economy remains starved by U.S. sanctions.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 2, 2019
Iran met with the nuclear deal’s European signatories just last week in hopes of salvaging the deal and gaining access to international banking markets.
Tension has mounted exponentially between the U.S. and Iran in recent weeks, most notably when the Islamic Republic shot done an unmanned American drone in the region.
In response, U.S. forces were planning to strike Iran but President Trump foiled the plan shortly before it was scheduled to take place.
President Trump and members of his cabinet have made it clear they do not seek war with the Islamic Republic but have repeatedly warned the nation against acquiring nuclear weapons.