Washington / The president of the United States Donald Trump said Wednesday his country would be imposing fresh sanctions on Iran which would remain in place until the country “changes its behavior.”
The announcement comes after Iran struck two military bases used by US troops stationed in Iraq overnight.
“As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime,” Trump said.
“We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases,” Trump told reporters of the attack on the two military installations.
“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for every American, and for the world” he continued.
Trump said Iran was a “leading sponsor of terrorism,” something that posed a “threat” to the “civilized world.”
He also spoke about the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike on Friday, saying that the US had “eliminated a terrorist” who had been behind some of the world’s “atrocities” and who had “fueled bloody civil wars” in the Middle East.
The slain commander had been “planning new attacks on American targets but we stopped him,” according to Trump.
“He should have been terminated long ago,” he said, adding that his killing sent a “powerful message” to others.
Trump also made reference to the “very defective” nuclear deal with Iran that “expires soon,” and urged other signatories to abandon it in favor of finding another solution to curb the country’s activities.
The US has already withdrawn from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (PCPOA), which was agreed under his predecessor, Barack Obama, along with the leaders of China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany.
“We must all work together toward making a deal with Iran,” Trump told the media.
The president vowed that Iran would “never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon” while he was the leader of the US.
He used the occasion to hail the US economy, saying it was “stronger than ever before.
“We are independent, and we do not need Middle East oil.”
The head of state also referred to US military equipment, saying: “the fact we have this great military equipment however does not mean we have to use it.”
Trump also called on NATO to get “much more involved in the Middle East process.” (January 8, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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