Iran's Minister of Information and Communications Technology Azari Jahromi has lashed out at US President Trump via Twitter calling him a "terrorist in a suit".
In his latest tweet, Jahromi likened the US President to Daesh*, Adolf Hitler and Genghis Khan who, according to the minister, all hate culture, adding that Trump will soon learn that nobody can defeat "the Great Iranian Nation & Culture".
Like ISIS, like Hitler, Like Genghis!— MJ Azari Jahromi (@azarijahromi) January 5, 2020
They all hate cultures. Trump is a "terrorist in a suit". He will learn history very soon that NOBODY can defeat "the Great Iranian Nation & Culture".#HardRevenge#QasemSoleimani https://t.co/N2iQ5AMX7M
Jahromi's tweet comes in response to Trump's menacing post in which he vowed to hit Iranian targets "very fast and very hard" if Iran attacks US nationals or assets.
Trump's statement was also met with indignation by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif who underlined that the US president's threats, if acted on, will represent another breach of international law.
Those masquerading as diplomats and those who shamelessly sat to identify Iranian cultural & civilian targets should not even bother to open a law dictionary.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 5, 2020
Jus cogens refers to peremptory norms of international law, i.e. international red lines. That is, a big(ly) "no no".
The most recent escalation in Iran-US relations came as Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was killed in an airstrike authorised by Trump in the early hours of Friday.
The situation further heated up after two separate rocket attacks hit Iraq - one in the Green Zone near the US embassy in Baghdad, and the other at Balad air base, which hosts US forces and is located north of Baghdad.
* Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia