Iran calls White House mentally retarded after Donald Trumps threats
The US and Iran have entered into a new war of words after Donald Trumps White House was branded as mentally retarded by Tehran.
The US President has now threatened to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked anything American.
The latest spat started when the US announced fresh economic sanctions on Monday against the Middle Eastern nation.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the sanctions were outrageous and idiotic and the actions of an administration that is mentally retarded.
Mr Trump hit back on Twitter, saying the comments showed that Irans leaders do not understand reality.
Mondays sanctions targeted a number of individuals, notably Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni, who Mr Trump said was ultimately responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime.
The US say Irans Supreme Leader has access to vast wealth, which is funding the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps.
More sanctions against other senior figures are set to follow.
In a televised address on Tuesday, President Rouhani said the sanctions would have no practical impact because the top cleric had no assets abroad.
He questioned why the US would single out a man, he claimed only has a prayer venue and a simple house.
He added: The White Houses actions mean it is mentally retarded.
President Rouhani then accused the US of lying by saying it wanted to negotiate while at the same time deploying sanctions.
The Iran president is said to be a pragmatist who won two elections by promising to open up his country to the world.
While other Iranian officials have used the insult in the past about Trump, it is a departure in rhetoric for the usually measured Rouhani.
Mr Trump then took to Twitter and threatened to obliterate Iran.
He wrote: Iran leadership doesnt understand the words “nice” or “compassion.”
He added: Irans very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality.
Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force.
In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.