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The world is facing its gravest challenge in decades, but President Trump issued a reminder today that geopolitical tensions won’t wait until it’s over, Axios' Dave Lawler reports.
The big picture: Trump’s threat to “destroy” Iranian boats that harass U.S. ships comes amid rumors about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's health, arrests of leading pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, and clashes in Afghanistan that could undermine the peace process.
What to watch: Rob Malley, CEO of the International Crisis Group, tells Axios he has two main concerns:
Between the lines: Malley notes that both Trump and Iran's leaders have been under intense scrutiny during the pandemic.
Where things stand: U.S.-Iran tensions aren't the only holdover.
The bottom line: The pandemic also presents opportunities to reduce tensions or end conflicts, as is being attempted in Yemen (with inconclusive results so far) and through the UN’s call for a global ceasefire.
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