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Iran angry over Trump’s ‘Regime Change’ comment

Iran has lashed back at Twitter-friendly president of United States for his comment regarding regime change in Iran. Iran and US have been on bad terms of relationship since Iran announced its retreat from some of the clauses of nuclear treaty. Javad Zarif has been frequently visiting several countries to garner support against sanctions by US.

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Iran hit out at the United States on Monday for “causing tensions” after President Donald Trump said his government was not seeking regime change and that he would welcome talks with Tehran.

The Trump administration was “hurting the Iranian people and causing tension in the region,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.

“Actions – not words – will show whether or not that’s @realDonaldTrump‘s intent,” Zarif added, referencing the US president’s Twitter handle.

Iran is locked in a tense standoff with the United States which has beefed up its military presence in the Middle East in response to alleged threats from the Islamic republic.

Zarif also denied Iran was seeking nuclear weapons after Trump said during a visit to Japan that “we’re not looking for regime change (in Iran), we’re looking for no nuclear weapons”.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “long ago said we’re not seeking nuclear weapons – by issuing a fatwa (edict) banning them,” the foreign minister tweeted.

Khamenei is said to have issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons in 2003 and has reiterated it several times since.

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Iran is locked in a tense standoff with the United States which has beefed up its military presence in the Middle East in response to alleged threats from the Islamic republic.

On Saturday, Zarif called a deployment of extra US troops to the region “very dangerous and a threat to international peace and security.”

It follows a US decision earlier this month to send an aircraft carrier strike force and B-52 bombers in a show of force against what Washington’s leaders said they believed was an imminent Iranian plan to attack US assets.

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Washington says the latest reinforcements are in response to a “campaign” of recent attacks including a rocket launched into the Green Zone in Baghdad, explosive devices that damaged four tankers near the entrance to the Gulf, and drone strikes by Yemeni rebels on a key Saudi oil pipeline.

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Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks.

AFP article with additional input by GVS news desk

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