Iran has dismissed US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s offer to visit and address the Iranian people as a “hypocritical gesture”.
Addressing Mr Pompeo in remarks to reporters on Wednesday, Tehran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said: “You don’t need to come to Iran.”
I recently offered to travel to Tehran and speak directly to the Iranian people. The regime hasn’t accepted my offer. pic.twitter.com/IFNSf0AJ4H
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 28, 2019
He suggested Mr Pompeo instead grant visas for Iranian reporters to travel to the US and interview him, accusing him of having rejected their requests.
On Monday, Mr Pompeo tweeted: “We aren’t afraid of (Zarif) coming to America where he enjoys the right to speak freely.
“Are the facts of the (Khamenei) regime so bad he cannot let me do the same thing in Tehran?” he said, referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
For millennia, Iranians have outlasted every aggressor.
Diplomacy=prudence; never weakness. pic.twitter.com/geTZIIcrRa
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 30, 2019
“What if his people heard the truth, unfiltered, unabridged?”
US-Iranian tensions have soared in recent months.