Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, criticized the U.S. for lobbing criticism at Iran while acknowledging that it was complying with the Iran nuclear deal.
“Worn-out US accusations can’t mask its admission of Iran’s compliance w/ JCPOA, obligating US to change course & fulfill its own commitments,” Zarif tweeted Thursday.
The comments mark Iran’s first official response to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s sharp criticism of the country Wednesday, during which Tillerson accused Iran of “foment[ing] discord” in the Middle East and compared the country to North Korea.
Tillerson’s remarks followed the declaration that Iran was complying with the terms of the Iran nuclear deal (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), and that sanctions relief to the country would be extended.
President Donald Trump’s administration has taken a more aggressive stance toward Iran than the Obama administration, which in 2015 struck a deal with several other countries to award Iran with some sanctions relief in return for Iran’s agreement to limit its nuclear programs. Trump, who railed against the nuclear deal while running for president, put Iran “on notice,” his now-ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn said in February, and the administration has also imposed new sanctions after the country tested a ballistic missile.
Trump vowed during him campaign to "rip up" the nuclear deal. While Tillerson said Wednesday that the Trump administration was reviewing the deal, there has so far been no indication that the deal will be abandoned.