‘Madman’ Trump will suffer same fate as hanged Saddam Hussein, Iran leader warns

Iran's president has dubbed Donald Trump a "madman" and compared him to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein as he predicted the President would meet the same fate.

The late Baathist leader was hanged in Baghdad 14 years ago in what President Hassan Rouhani said was a "final victory".

In provocative comments made only weeks before President Trump is set to leave the White House, the Iran leader said: "The day that madman was hanged was the day people celebrated the final victory."

He added: "Trump’s fate won’t be much better than Saddam’s."

The comments, made at a cabinet session this week, further insulted the sitting US president.

"We’ve had two lunatics in [our] history, one was Saddam who imposed a military war on us and the other lunatic is Trump who imposed the economic war on us," Rouhani said.

Hussein started a devastating eight-year war with Iran in 1980. He was hanged in Baghdad in 2006, after being captured by US forces.

Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement in 2018 and imposed crippling economic sanctions on the Persian Gulf nation.

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He ordered the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed earlier this year in a drone strike in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran after he pulled out of the nuclear deal, signed under his predecessor Barack Obama.

The 45th President has since issued a stark warning to Iran after he claimed the American embassy was targeted by rockets on Sunday night.

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He tweeted: "Three rockets failed to launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq…

"..Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over."

President-elect Biden has promised to sign back up to the agreement if Iran returns to full compliance.

The remarks made by the Iran president come two days after the Electoral College in the US voted to confirm the election results in favour of the Democratic nominee.

Biden said a return to the agreement, which would include lifting the sanctions imposed by Trump, would serve as a "starting point to follow-on negotiations".

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