Iran is "still at the negotiating table".
President Donald Trump poses for photos at the White House, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Washington.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif took to Twitter early Sunday morning to slam Donald Trump shortly after the USA president tweeted in Farsi that Washington will not remove sanctions on Tehran in exchange for Iran's readiness to negotiate, apparently referring to FM's alleged willingness to do so, while citing Fox News and One America News alongside his post.
Curiously, the Iranians usually tweet in English and US officials are now sometimes tweeting in Persian, including President Trump's last tweet to Zarif which is in Persian.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have grown since the USA pulled out of the nuclear deal and imposed crippling economic sanctions on the region.
In Washington, Trump said in a Twitter post late on Saturday, "Iranian Foreign Minister says Iran wants to negotiate with The United States, but wants sanctions removed", and added: "No Thanks!". They're the ones who left.
President Trump's Tweet in Persian and its English version.. The claim has not been verified by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Tensions between Iran and the US have reached the highest levels in decades after the USA killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, prompting Iran to fire missiles days later at bases in Iraq where US troops are stationed. It then retaliated January 8, launching ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing American troops, causing injuries but no fatalities among soldiers there. The nuclear deal limited the stockpile to 202.8kgs (447 pounds). European countries opposed the USA withdrawal and have repeatedly urged Iran to abide by the deal.
Meanwhile, Iranian officials are boasting their nuclear capabilities.
Trump has maintained that the 2015 nuclear deal needs to be renegotiated because it didn't address Iran's ballistic missile program or its involvement in regional conflicts.
The other signatories to the JCPOA - Germany, France, Britain, China and Russian Federation - have been struggling to keep it alive.
The IRGC launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq in response.