Trump’s ‘genocidal taunts won’t end Iran’, says Zarif May 21, 2019 0 422 12345 AFPTehranIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday the “genocidal taunts” of US President Donald Trump will not “end Iran”, as tensions spike between the two countries.“Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. Economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.“Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect–it works!” he added.The riposte by Iran’s top diplomat follows an ominous warning by Trump, who on Sunday suggested the Islamic republic would be destroyed if it attacked US interests.“If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again,” Trump tweeted.Relations between Washington and Tehran plummeted a year ago when Trump pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and imposed tough sanctions.Iranian officials have repeatedly slammed the unilateral US sanctions as “economic terrorism,” saying that they have impeded the flow of essential goods.Tensions have risen further this month with Washington announcing more economic measures against Tehran, before deploying a carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf over unspecified alleged Iranian “threats”.The Trump administration last week ordered non-essential diplomatic staff out of Iraq, citing the danger posted by Iranian-backed Iraqi armed groups. On Sunday a rocket was fired into the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which houses government offices and embassies including the US mission. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack. While the US claim of Iranian “threats” has been met with widespread scepticism outside the United States, the mounting tensions have sparked growing international concern.“I would say to the Iranians, do not underestimate the resolve on the US side in the situation,” British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told reporters on Monday in Geneva.“They don’t want a war with Iran, but if American interests are attacked they will retaliate,” he added. RELATED ARTICLES Italy unions refuse to load Saudi ship over Yemen war May 21, 2019 0 2176 Palestinians to shun US-led economic peace plan, say they weren’t consulted May 21, 2019 0 417 ‘Dispute over top job main sticking point in Sudan talks’ May 21, 2019 0 371 Houthis deny targeting Makkah with missiles Reuters DUBAI Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement denied Saudi media reports on Monday that it had fired a ballistic missile towards Makkah, Islam’s holiest site, at a time of heightened tensions between Tehran and .. Iraqi Shiite leaders warn against US-Iran war Baghdad: Iraqi Shiite leaders warned on Monday against dragging their country into a possible war between the United States and Iran, a day after a rocket fell near the US embassy in Baghdad. Prominent Shiite Muslim .. Oman’s top diplomat visits Tehran, talks on regional issues LONDON: The foreign minister of Oman, which in the past helped pave the way for negotiations between Iran and the United States, visited Tehran on Monday as tensions rise between the Islamic Republic and the United States .. Russia air strikes kill 10 civilians in northwest Syria Kafranbe: Air strikes by Syrian regime ally Russia have killed 10 civilians including five children in a northwestern militant bastion, a monitor said Monday, hours after Moscow announced a ceasefire there. The .. 18 people killed as Al Shabaab attacks army base in Somalia dpa Mogadishu Eighteen people were killed when terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked an army base in southern Somalia, a local official said Monday. Among the dead were 14 militants and four soldiers, who had been manning .. Tajikistan blames Islamic State for prison riot, 32 killed DUSHANBE: Three prison guards and 29 inmates were killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan that the government blamed on Islamic State militants. Tajikistan’s Justice Ministry said the riot broke out late on Sunday in the .. Congo militias used schoolgirls as human shields believing their ‘magical powers’ NAIROBI: Schoolgirls in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped, forced into marriage and used as human shields by militias who believed they had “magical powers” during violence over a year ago, an investigation by .. DR Congo political heavyweight Moise Katumbi returns Lubumbashi: Thousands of people welcomed Moise Katumbi, a prominent foe of DR Congo’s former president Joseph Kabila, as he landed at Lubumbashi airport on Monday after three years in self-imposed exile. The .. Beijing denounces US warship sail-by in South China Sea Beijing: China on Monday denounced a US warship sail-by near disputed islands in the South China Sea as a violation of its sovereignty, amid mounting tensions over trade between the two countries. The People’s ..