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Trump can't deal with Iran the way he did with North Korea

By President Donald Trump's standards, and especially after his off-script insults to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last year, his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday was restrained.

And yet, it still brought a gift to his critics, raised eyebrows as he took a dig at US ally Germany, espoused a narrow, exclusionary nationalism, and left key allies divided as he outlined the United States' position on Iran.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2018, with the headline 'Trump can't deal with Iran the way he did with N. Korea'. Print Edition | Subscribe