JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Hours after responding to comments made by the Iranian Foreign Minister, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton took to Twitter to challenge the country's minister to a "debate".
In 4 Twitter messages to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Cotton called Zarif out for hiding in the United States during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s.
"Hey @JZarif, I hear you called me out today. If you're so confident, let's debate the Constitution," read the first message. "Here's offer: meet in DC, @JZarif, time of your choosing to debate Iran's record of tyranny, treachery, & terror."
"I understand if you decline @JZarif after all, in your 20s, you hid in US during Iran-Iraq war while peasants & kids were marched to die," the messages continued. "Not badge of courage @JZarif, to hide in US while your country fought war to survive-but shows cowardly character still on display today."
Zarif responded to Cotton on Twitter Thursday stating, "Serious diplomacy, not macho personal smear, is what we need. Congrats on Ur new born. May U and Ur family enjoy him in peace .@SenTomCotton."
Zarif expressed his displeasure in sanctions against Iran.
"It's not a perfect agreement. It's not perfect for us, it's not perfect for the United States, it's not perfect for our European Union partners. But it's the best we can get. It's the best anybody can get. And it's balanced in my view," said Zarif.
After Zarif's comments, Cotton made the following public statement: "These aren't rhetorical tricks aimed at appealing to hard-liners in Iran; after all, Mr. Zarif was speaking in English in New York. Rather, they foreshadow the dangerous posture Iran will take and has taken repeatedly—including as recently as yesterday with the interception of a U.S.-affiliated cargo ship—if this deal moves forward."
Zarif met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this week after they agreed to the framework of a nuclear deal, which came under fire from members of Congress. 47 lawmakers signed a letter, which warned that any deal made with President Obama would expire the day he leaves office.
The exact death toll from the Iran-Iraq War is not known, but at least 1,000,000 men were killed during the conflict, according to various sources.