Islamic Revolution’s 40th anniversary means 40 years of failed US policy, Zarif tweets
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif minces no words while listing the United States’ failures over the past 40 years after US President Donald Trump shares his perception of Iran’s performance during the same period.
“40 Years of Failure to accept that Iranians will never return to submission. 40 Years of Failure to adjust US policy to reality. 40 Years of Failure to destabilize Iran through blood & treasure,” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday.
“After 40 yrs of wrong choices, time for Donald Trump to rethink failed US policy,” he added.
A day earlier, Trump used the 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, which was celebrated by millions of Iranians all across the country, as the subject of a fiery tweet posted in Persian, but also featuring an English-language text-over-image translation.
He alleged that the Islamic Republic, over the four decades that had followed the victory, have not brought about anything but “corruption, repression, terror.” Trump concluded that Tehran had “produced only failure” ever since.
Trump made opposition to Iran a regular feature of his rhetoric in 2016, when he launched his election campaign.
Back then, he promised to pull the US out of a multilateral nuclear deal between Iran and world countries. He acted on the pledge last May, although the deal has been ratified in the form of a UN Security Council resolution. Later, the US reinstated the nuclear-related sanctions that had been lifted by the accord.
Iran has stayed committed to the deal, despite the US’s pullout. Washington’s unilateral move has been censured by the United Nations and the European Union as well as the remaining signatories to the deal -- the UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany -- which have vowed to likewise stay in the agreement and secure Tehran’s interests that result from it.
Trump has also been continually accusing Iran of regional interference. Tehran vocally rejects the allegation, while reminding Washington that many parts of the world have plunged into a state of perennial chaos due to the US’s interference and military invasions.
Hawkish American officials, including Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton, have also been alleging each year that the Islamic Republic would not be celebrating the next anniversary of the Revolution’s victory.
Zarif, meanwhile, congratulated the Iranian public on their massive turnout during Monday’s celebrations and rallies.
“I bow in admiration to Iran's resilient people who — despite hardships & grievances — today poured into streets by the millions to mark 40th anniversary of their Islamic Revolution, which some in the US wished would never come. US should take note: REAL Iranians never succumb to diktats,” he tweeted.