January 6, 2020 / 7:11 PM / 21 days ago

'Never threaten the Iranian nation,' Rouhani tells Trump

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday nobody should threaten his nation, responding to a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he threatened to strike 52 sites in Iran.

“Those who refer to the number 52 should also remember the number 290. #IR655,” Rouhani tweeted, referring to the 1988 shooting down of an Iranian airline by a U.S. warship in which 290 were killed. “Never threaten the Iranian nation.”

Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Gareth Jones

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