U.S. supports ‘dictators, butchers and extremists’ in Middle East, says Iran

February 6, 2019

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States supports “dictators, butchers and extremists” in the Middle East, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a Twitter post Wednesday in a response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.

Tensions have ramped up between Iran and the United States since Trump pulled out of a multilateral nuclear deal last May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

“US hostility has led it to support dictators, butchers & extremists, who’ve only brought ruin to our region,” Zarif wrote in the Twitter post.

(Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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