Iran's foreign minister warned the United States on Monday June 10th that it “cannot expect to stay safe” after launching what he described as an economic war against Tehran, AP has reported.
Mohammad Javad Zarif’s remarks came amid a visit by Germany's top diplomat seeking to defuse tensions.
As reported by AP, a stern-faced Zarif offered a series of threats over the ongoing tensions gripping the Arabian Gulf.
The crisis started when President Trump withdraw America from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers over a year ago. Trump also reinstated tough sanctions on Iran, targeting its oil sector and other industrial sectors.
Zarif said: "Mr Trump himself has announced that the US has launched an economic war against Iran."
"The only solution for reducing tensions in this region is stopping that economic war," he added.
Zarif also warned: "Whoever starts a war with us will not be the one who finishes it."
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas confirmed that his country and other European states want to find a way to salvage the nuclear deal.
"We won't be able to do miracles but we are trying as best as we can to prevent its failure," Maas said.
However, Europe has yet to be able to offer Iran a way to get around the newly imposed US sanctions. Meanwhile, a July 7th deadline, imposed by Iran, looms for Europe to find a way to save the unravelling deal.