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With friends like Israel US needs no enemies: Javad Zarif

Amid reports about Israel’s spying on the White House, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has mocked Washington’s friendly ties with Tel Aviv, saying the US needs no enemies with a spy in his allies.

“The #B_Team Strikes again,” Zarif said in a sarcastic tweet on Friday, referring to a term coined by himself to describe an international group of warmongers, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Zarif incorporated a report by the American political journalism company Politico in his tweet and said, “@realDonaldTrump: With a BFF in the #B_Team — who empties US coffers and takes US foreign policy hostage — SPYING on the US PRESIDENT, America doesn’t need enemies.”

The top Iranian diplomat was alluding to the Israeli prime minister after the Politico, in its Thursday report, quoted three informed former senior US officials as saying that the US government concluded within the past two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cell phone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington.

Following the publication of the story, Trump, who calls himself the most pro-Israel president in US history, told reporters that he would find it “hard to believe” that the Israelis had placed the devices.

“I don’t think the Israelis were spying on us,” Trump said. “My relationship with Israel has been great… Anything is possible but I don’t believe it.”

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