The next few weeks are set to test President Trump’s skills as a negotiator according to one foreign policy expert following Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ which has upset Iran and it’s President Hassan Rouhani.
Foreign policy expert, Michael Jones believes that Iran will now look to test American strength and it’s willingness to carry out it’s new “hardline measures”.
Jones’ comments come on the back of Iran retaliating to Donald Trump’s ban by blocking American citizens from entering Iran.
Tehran’s foreign ministry said in a statement it would enforce its own ban “until the offensive US limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted”.
The US ban is an “affront against the Muslim world”, the statement said, adding it would be a “great gift to extremists”.
Mr Trump’s policy of barring citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has caused outrage around the world.
The Republican billionaire signed an executive order on Friday that suspended travel visas for anyone from those seven “countries of particular concern” from entering the US for at least 90 days.
The Iranian Foreign ministry statement released on Saturday evening read: “While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted.
“The restrictions against travel by Muslims to America are an open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation in particular and will be known as a great gift to extremists.”
Earlier on Saturday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani issued a thinly-veiled criticism of the US President.
Without naming Mr Trump, he said now was not the time to build barriers between nations.
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