Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called out “the Trump administration’s sense of entitlement to destabilize the world along with rogue accomplices in our region” on Friday after the White House declared Iran to be the largest state sponsor of terror on Wednesday.
Zarif went on the offensive against Washington, listing in a tweet 11 actions undertaken by the US that are “not ‘normal.'” While the message follows the US State Department’s labeling of Iran as the leading global sponsor of terror, the use of the term “normal” alludes to the mid-August creation of the Iran Action Group, also by the State Department. In the statement announcing its foundation, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the “Iranian people and the world are demanding that Iran finally act like a normal nation.”
“It is not ‘normal’ to impose harsh sanctions that harm ordinary innocent people in the name of ‘standing with’ them,” Zarif seemingly fired back on Friday.
At the August 16 briefing on the new group, Pompeo announced that Brian Hook, whose most notable roles as a public servant were in the George W. Bush administration, would lead the Iran Action Group and serve as the US special representative for Iran.
When Associated Press diplomatic reporter Matt Lee told Hook that “it has not gone unnoticed that this announcement is coming right at the 65th anniversary of the 1953 coup in Iran and has prompted lots…