Washington, Jan 8: Ruling out any negotiations with Iran after US bases in Iraq were attacked by missiles (ICBMs) fired by IRGC , President Trump said Iran appears “to be standing down” and asserted that more economic sanctions will be imposed on Tehran while declaring that Islamic Republic will not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons.
Addressing the nation after Tuesday night’s missile attack in Iraq, Trump said, “the American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed.”
Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq early on Wednesday, saying it was in retaliation for the killing in a U.S. drone strike of powerful Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3.
“No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases,” Trump said in an address to the nation.
“Our great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”
Flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and military officers,Trump announced a new round of what he termed “punishing economic sanctions” against the Tehran government.
He also called on NATO to become more involved “in the Middle East process.”
Soleimani “should have been terminated long ago,” Trump said.
Trump even urged Russia and China to help and make sure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons. Calling on Europe and other parties, such as Russia and China, to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord to abandon the deal and negotiate a new one
While concluding his speech he said that Iran should come to the negotiation for a new nuclear deal. Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested on Tuesday that Soleimani was a matter of days away from launching more violence against Americans or U.S. interests, but public details remain scarce.
Trump also accused Iran of destabilizing the Middle east (Yemen, Syria and Iraq) and Afghanistan. “Iran has been destabilsing Middle East and supporting terror outfits.”
Trump also said US forces are “prepared for anything,” but for now, “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world”.
Asserting that as long he was US President, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon, he called it the “leading supporter of terrorism” and that it had “threatened the civilized world”.