Tehran has sharply criticized Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) for his anti-Iran remarks and warned Berlin of “long-term damage”.

“The German Chancellor’s remarks were provocative, meddling and undiplomatic,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Sunday. Sabotage a historical relationship could cause “long-term damage,” so Berlin should act more responsibly and respectfully toward Iran. “We recommend that the federal government return to prudence in order to avoid further confusion in bilateral relations,” the spokesman said, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry website.

Scholz had sharply criticized the Iranian leadership in view of the serious human rights violations in the country. “What kind of government are you that shoots at its own citizens? Anyone who acts like this must count on our resistance,” he said in his video podcast published on Saturday.