Iran's Foreign Minister Tweets Response to Trump's Threat to 'End Iran'

Mohammad Javad Zarif posted his own message Monday on Twitter, saying Trump had been 'goaded' into 'genocidal taunts'

FILE Photo: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during an interview in New York, April 24, 2019.
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Iran's foreign minister has criticized President Donald Trump for his overnight tweet threatening to the Islamic Republic with its "official end."

Mohammad Javad Zarif posted his own message Monday on Twitter, saying Trump had been "goaded" into "genocidal taunts."

Zarif wrote that Trump "hopes to achieve what Alexander (the Great), Genghis (Khan) & other aggressors failed to do."

He added: "Iranians have stood tall for a millennia while aggressors all gone."

He ended his tweet with #neverthreatenaniranian and: "Try respect - it works!"

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Trump warned Sunday that Iran not to threaten the U.S. again or it'll face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight.

The tweet comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the culmination of Trump's decision a year ago to pull America out of Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

Trump's tweeted early Monday: "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!"

Trump did not elaborate, nor did the White House. However, the tweet came after a rocket landed less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone Sunday night.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket launch.