Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned Mr Trump that the “entire world would unite” and use “force” the US to scrap fresh sanctions imposed as a result of a spat over a detained American pastor and Turkey’s defiance to buy oil from Iran.
Mr Zarif - in true Trump fashion - took to Twitter to condemn the new sanctions in a chilling threat.
He said: “Trump's jubilation in inflicting economic hardship on its NATO ally Turkey is shameful.
“The U.S. has to rehabilitate its addiction to sanctions & bullying or entire world will unite - beyond verbal condemnations - to force it to.”
Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hami Aksoy said yesterday that the sanctions, which disregard World Trade Organisation rules, “cannot be associated with seriousness expected from a state”.
He added: “All the steps taken against Turkey will be given a befitting response as they have been given before.”