UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargashclaimed in a tweet on Friday that Zarif’s reference to the so-called B-Team “becomes more farcical and his credibility diminishing.”
Zarif had tweeted that US allegations against Iran over Thursday attacks on two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman were part of “sabotage diplomacy” adopted by the “B-Team” to cover up “Economic Terrorism” against Tehran.
The top Iranian diplomat often uses the “B-Team” to refer to US national security adviser John Bolton and three other hawkish officials in the region, including Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Responding to Gargash’s claims, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said the countries that lack credibility and independence and serve as “milking cows” for the US cannot raise doubts about the Iranian officials’ credibility.
Before his presidency, US President Donald Trump had described Saudi Arabia as “a milk cow” which would be slaughtered when its milk ran out.
In September 2018, Trump said he had told Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud that Riyadh had “trillions of dollars” and could pay its military bills.
“I love Saudi Arabia. They are great, King Salman, I spoke with him this morning. I said, king, you have got trillions of dollars. Without us, who knows what’s going to happen. …. With us they are totally safe,” Trump said then.
In October 2018, the US president warned King Salman that he would not last in power “for two weeks” without the US military support.
In August, Trump emphasized that he would like to keep Saudi Arabia as a close partner because of the Riyadh regime’s extravagant purchases from American companies.
“They [Saudis] have nothing but cash, right?” he told a rally in Wisconsin. “They buy a lot from us, $450 billion they bought.”