“@realDonaldTrump : ICYMI, before you hired him, this was the plan that @AmbJohnBolton and his #B_Team cohorts had for Iran. A detailed blueprint for #FakeIntelligence, #ForeverWar and even empty offers for talks—only phone numbers were not included”, Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Sunday.
On Thursday, the White House contacted Swiss authorities to share a telephone number with Iran in hopes that Tehran will contact Trump.
On the same day, the US president publicly appealed to Iran to call him amid heightened tensions between the two countries.
The Swiss Embassy represents US interests in Tehran, where Washington has had no mission since 1980.
While Trump called for talks on Thursday, he deployed more forced to the Persian Gulf.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi on Saturday stressed that Donald Trump and his administration are needed to shift policies and to ease the present crisis instead of sending his phone number, adding that "Americans have our number if needed".
"There is no need for a mediator or phone number for Trump to get rid of the hard and critical conditions that he has created for himself and the US," Araqchi said.
Mohammad Javad Zarif also on Sunday reminded Trump of his national security advisor’s old ploys to harm Iran, saying John Bolton had devised a plan for US withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal even before taking office.
The Iranian minister highlighted the sinister plots that John Bolton had in mind against Iran before being selected by the US president, citing an article that Bolton had published in the National Review in 2017.
The top Iranian diplomat also attached a picture of the article that Bolton had published in the National Review in August 2017, titled ‘How to Get Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal.’
In his article, John Bolton had proposed a detailed plan to abrogate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).