Brian Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran, has responded to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani who told the Iranian people “to put a curse” on those who caused the current economic crisis in Iran.
Tweeting in Persian, Hook said: “In response to the paralyzed economy, Rouhani asked the Iranian people to put a curse on United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia! By resorting to curses and magic he is after blaming others for his economic record.”
Hook who sometimes responds to similar statements by senior Iranian officials added, “The people of Iran would like to have jobs, instead of putting curses”.
On March 17, Rouhani also asked Iran’s Judiciary to pursue legal action against American officials on the grounds of “crimes against humanity”.
The Iranian economy has nosedived in the last 12 months, with a steep devaluation of its currency, skyrocketing prices for essential goods and frequent protests and strikes.
After the U.S. withdrawal form the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran in May 2018 and reimposition of tough economic sanctions, U.S. officials have repeatedly said that their aim is not to hurt the Iranian people, but to force the Islamic Republic to renegotiate the agreement; guaranteeing a no-return to a nuclear program and change its behavior in the region.