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Iran's foreign minister slams Trump over UN speech, and gets immediate backlash

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed President Trump's comments to the United Nations Tuesday, but received immediate backlash on social media for his apparent hypocrisy. (BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted in reaction to President Trump's untraditional speech at the United Nations Tuesday.

"Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times-not the 21st Century UN -unworthy of a reply," he posted. "Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one."

What did Trump say about Iran to the UN?

Trump blasted the government of Iran and called for the countries of the world to band together to confront their support of terror around the world.

"It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime," he said, "one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room."

"The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy," he added. "It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are, in fact, its own people."

"Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives," he continued, "its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors. This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran's people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship, fuel Yemen's civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East."

"We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program," Trump concluded. "The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it - believe me."

Here's the video of his statement about Iran:

What was the social media response?

Many were highly critical of the tweet from the representative of a government with its own "medieval" attitudes.

Trump has repeatedly said that the Iran Nuclear Deal that the Obama administration made with Iran was one of the "worst ever made," and promised to undo it. The Trump administration has also made it clear that they blame Iran for meddling into the situation in Syria.

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