Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president has branded the President Trump a ‘mentally retarded’ after Donald Trump issued fresh sanctions against the leadership in Tehran.
Rouhani said the move proves that White House is lying about wanting to negotiate and only proves that Washington is desperate and running out of options.
Speaking to a session of ministers that was broadcast on TV, Rouhani added that the new sanctions are ‘outrageous and idiotic’ and will fail because Ayatollah Khamenei – one of the main targets – has no foreign assets.
Trump imposed the sanctions Monday after Iran shot down a US spy drone which it claimed violated its airspace last week. America says the drone was in international airspace and the attack was ‘unprovoked’.
Rouhani pointed to sanctions leveled against Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as evidence that Washington is not looking for a discussion.
He said: ‘You sanction the foreign minister simultaneously with a request for talks?’
Rouhani spoke shortly after National Security Advisor John Bolton insisted that Washington had ‘held the door open to real negotiations’ and that ‘in response, Iran’s silence has been deafening.’
Also on Tuesday, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi warned that new sanctions would permanently close the door on negotiations.
‘Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,’ he tweeted.
Mousavi said the ‘fruitless sanction on Iran’s leadership and the chief of Iranian diplomacy mean the permanent closure of the road of diplomacy with the frustrated U.S. administration.’
This comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. after the Trump administration tore up a nuclear deal signed under Obama, before Iran last week shot down a $100million U.S. Navy surveillance drone.