US-Iran brinkmanship: Could war of words spiral out of control?

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A tweet can be taken as a meaningless aside, except when it’s written by the President of the United States. Donald Trump’s social media lack of diplomacy has sent shock waves across the already trouble terrain of US-Iran relations. We have had the pull-out of the Nuclear Deal, an Iranian ultimatum to Europe, more sanctions imposed by Trump on Iran, and a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Now it is not just alarmists who are concerned after President Trump’s tweet.

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