TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has taken on the "10 Year Challenge", a photo sharing fad sweeping social media, comparing US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s warmongering remarks 10 years ago with those of today.
“Same bull. Same bully. Same delusion,” Zarif said on his Twitter account on Friday, sharing the below picture.
The tweet came after the White House asked the Pentagon to prepare plans for a US military strike against Iran after a September mortar attack allegedly claimed by a Tehran-aligned group targeting Baghdad’s diplomatic quarter, which houses the US embassy, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
The request was made during a series of meetings led by US President Trump’s national security council, headed by Bolton.
Tensions between Iran and the US have escalated since US President Donald Trump walked away from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May and re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
US officials have repeatedly claimed that they aim to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero.
Following the US exit from the nuclear deal, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.
Trump on August 6 signed an executive order re-imposing many sanctions on Iran, three months after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.
He said the US policy is to levy “maximum economic pressure” on the country.
The second batch of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic took effect on November 4.