PUBLISHED: 15:59, Wed, Aug 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 16:00, Wed, Aug 14, 2019
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned the United States "every empire will end" in an apparent message to President Donald Trump over US intervention in the Strait of Hormuz. Conflict fears increased since Tehran and Washington began trading barbs in response to President Trump's decision to withdraw his support of the Iran nuclear deal and his decision to impose additional sanctions on the Iranian regime. In a video shared by Iranian Government-owned Press TV, Mr Zarif issued a chilling warning to the US: "You’ve mistaken Iran for your servants, servants who buy security from you and obey your orders in return.
"But Iran is of a different kind. Iran is established on seven thousand years of civilisation. The lifespan of the Persian Empire is several times longer than the whole history of the United States.
"We know that imperial power is not permanent. We know that every empire will end someday as the Persian Empire ended.
"We know that no power is eternal, that the only superpower is God."
Mr Zarif was himself personally subjected to extra sanctions by the US Government last month after repeated verbal threats over skirmishes in the Strait of Hormuz.
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Iran news: Zarif warned "every empire will end" in a terrifying message aimed at the US (Image: PRESS TV)
Where 20 percent of the world's oil comes through the Strait of Hormuz, is not just a United States issue
Admiral Michael Boyle
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been facing accusations of interfering with the free passage of international vessels in the area which is key to the transportation of crude oil but Tehran denied the claims. However, in late July the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized British tanker Stena Impero and detained 23 crew members who