Iran has continued to dismiss United States President Donald Trump’s talk that a confrontation of some kind will be in the near future. After the United States made its dramatic withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, the Iranian government has returned with threats. While President Trump has made the offer to discuss the situation “any time,” Iran has not shown any interest in discourse.
Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted, “Threats, sanctions & PR stunts won’t work. Try respect: for Iranians & for (international) commitments.”
Revolutionary Guard Commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari made his own remark, “The Iranian people do not authorize officials to meet the Great Satan … Mr. Trump, Iran is not North Korea.”
President Trump has shown little concern publicly though. During a speech in Florida, the President told supporters that, “I have a feeling they’ll be talking to us pretty soon … And maybe not, and that’s OK too. It’s a horror show. I hope it works out well with Iran. They are having a lot of difficulty right now.”
Iran is approaching a dire situation regarding its economy though, the sanctions against them are primarily going to target the nation’s financial institutions and oil exports — its primary export. The Grand Bazaar located in Tehran is booming at the moment considering sanctions could destroy trade and create massive inflation. A kitchen owner in the bazaar by the name of Ali told local media that,
It’s been really busy these last few days. People are worried that if they don’t buy things today, they won’t be available tomorrow. They are right – if I sell these knives, I won’t be able to get any more.”