By Mostafa Shirmohammadi
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian advised the United States to drop its threating tone when addressing Iran after the White House warned of consequences over attacks on American citizens.
“History ought to have taught the U.S. that language of threat against Iran and Iranians achieves nothing,” Amir-Abdollahian tweeted in apparent reaction to U.S. accusations that Iran tried to kill former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton.
“Futile attempts at deflection won’t allow the US to evade responsibility for the thousands of Iranian and other victims of its involvement in terrorist crimes in our region,” the top diplomat added.
The U.S. Justice Department alleged that Shahram Poursafi, 45, of Tehran, was likely motivated to kill Bolton in retaliation for the assassination of Iran’s Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike in January 2020.
It also claimed that Poursafi was prepared to pay $1 million for a second “job”. Trump-era secretary of state Mike Pompeo was the second target, according to Morgan Ortagus, who served as State Department spokesperson during his tenure.
After the charges were announced, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan threatened that Iran will face severe consequences if it attacks “any of our citizens, to include those who continue to serve the United States or those who formerly served”.
Iran has already dismissed U.S. allegations as “a new work of fiction”.
Iran nuclear deal
The U.S. claim comes at a critical moment in talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers that Washington had abandoned in 2018 but has said it wants to rejoin.
However, the State Department said Bolton’s case is not enough to call off its indirect talks with Iran for the revival of the nuclear deal.
Iran is now considering proposals by the European Union which acts as the coordinator of the talks.
U.S. media outlet POLITICO reported on Saturday that it had reviewed a draft of the EU’s proposals under which U.S. sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps would be lifted.
Russia’s representative in the negotiations, Mikhail Ulyanov, said sanctions that the U.S. imposed on Iran after withdrawing from the nuclear deal “can be lifted soon”.
Iran wants all the sanctions to be removed verifiably and demands guarantees that the U.S. would not breach the deal again in the future.