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Trump threatens ‘obliteration’ after Iran suggests he has a ‘mental disorder’


The Iranian and US presidents have traded insults, with Hassan Rouhani suggesting that Donald Trump suffered from a “mental disorder” and Trump once more threatening Iran with “obliteration”.

The very personal exchange was reminiscent of similar verbal clashes between the US and North Korea in late 2017, and underlined the volatility of US foreign policymaking in the present standoff in the Gulf . Trump has swung between dire threats and offers of talks without preconditions, while ramping up sanctions.

The worsening confrontation became significantly more personal this week when the US imposed sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and ...


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