Iran’s Foreign Minister warned Barack Obama Tuesday that “flip-flop” threatened efforts to build trust, after the U.S. President told the Israeli Premier the military option remained on the table.

“President Obama needs consistency to promote mutual confidence,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet. “Flip-flop destroys trust and undermines U.S. credibility.”

His remarks came after Mr. Obama told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the use of force was still on the table in dealing with Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, just days after his historic call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spurred hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough.

In the meeting on Monday, Mr. Netanyahu said sanctions must be maintained against Tehran and even strengthened if necessary saying Iran had agreed to negotiate because of the punitive measures. Mr. Zarif said the notion was “disrespectful of a nation, macho and wrong”. — AFP