Iran's Rowhani calls Trump a 'global agitator'

Tehran (dpa) – Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has followed the lead of Iran's supreme leader in speaking out against US President Donald Trump, calling him a "global agitator" and accusing him of worsening the situation in several regions of the world.

"In the past two years, he and the American government have only brought about unrest," Rowhani said in a speech in the south-eastern city of Zahedan on Saturday. There are more crises now than there were prior to the start of Trump's term, Rowhani said.
"Not only in Iran, but also in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon, in Afghanistan - he has brought about more trouble everywhere," Rowhani said in comments carried by broadcaster Chabar.
On Friday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "clowns" while leading prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years.
Trump responded to the comments on Twitter with a quip that Khamenei had "not been so Supreme lately."
"Their economy is crashing, and their people are suffering. He should be very careful with his words!" Trump wrote.
The verbal spat between Iranian leadership and the US president is the result of months of tension over the crumbling Iran nuclear deal, which the United States withdrew from in May 2018, and the targeted killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike at Baghdad International Airport on January 3.


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