Washington is introducing new additional economic sanctions against Tehran, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday addressing the nation at the White House after Iran launched missile attacks on January 8 targeting two military facilities in Iraq used by the United States.
“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. These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior,” Trump stressed.
“In recent months alone, Iran has seized ships in international waters, fired an unprovoked strike on Saudi Arabia and shot down two US drones,” he added. At the same time, Trump claimed that “Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed.”
No Americans were harmed
Trump said that US citizens were not injured in the missile strikes launched by Iran targeting military bases in Iraq while the military facilities themselves only sustained minimal damage.
“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,” he said. “Iran appears to be standing down which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” Trump stressed.
“No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, dispersal of forces and an early warning system that worked very well,” the leader added.
More active role of NATO
Trump also addressed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), asking it to get even more involved in the Middle East.
“Today, I’m going to ask NATO to become much more involved in the Middle East process,” he said without specifying what exactly he is expecting of NATO.
Trump recalled that in three years of his presidency, the US military expenditure increased significantly. However, Washington is not looking to flex its military muscle in the Middle East, Trump underscored.
“The American military has been completely rebuilt under my administration at a cost of 2.5 trillion dollars. US Armed Forces are stronger than ever before. Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal and fast. Under construction are many hypersonic missiles. The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it. We do not want to use it. American strength, both military and economic, is the best deterrent,” he underlined.
Peace with Iran
According to Trump, the US is willing to embrace peace with Iran and is hopeful that Tehran will engage in harmonious relations with all the other countries in the world.
“To the people and leaders of Iran, we want you to have a future and a great future, one that you deserve. One of prosperity at home and harmony with the nations of the world. The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it,” he underlined.