“Today is the day to convey this message to the world that the Iranian people will answer respect with respect and they will respond with resistance when faced with threats and pressure,” Zarif said during a Tuesday meeting of President Hassan Rouhani and foreign ambassadors residing in Tehran on the eve of the 42nd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.
“Whoever threatened this people throughout history has joined the dustbin of history,” Zarif added according to Press TV.
He said the Iranian people stood against the “economic war and economic terrorism” waged by former US President Donald Trump.
“Those who waged war against this nation eventually waged war against their own nation, too, and then went to the dustbin of history. This may be the best lesson for the future.”
“This is a lesson for the new US administration and for all countries to know how to behave towards this great people,” the top Iranian diplomat stated.
Zarif said although the Iranian people suffered a lot, they “have never yielded to bullying and will never do so in the future.”
Back in May 2018, Trump pulled Washington out of the landmark nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and adopted the so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran with the declared aim of forcing Tehran to negotiate a new deal.
Trump’s maximum pressure has been met with Iran's “maximum resistance” policy, which includes austerity measures to weather the economic pressure as well as reducing Tehran's commitments under the JCPOA.
Pointing to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, Zarif noted that it has challenged the world and indicated global solidarity in the fight against the crisis.
He said all countries in the world have stood by each other to battle the disease “except one ominous regime that tried to use this common pain to advance its own objectives,” referring to the Trump administration, whose sanctions targeted Iran’s imports of medical supplies needed to treat the COVID-19 patients.