U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House – Tia Dufour / White House / dpa
Announces the immediate imposition of new sanctions and asks to give up the nuclear agreement
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has assured that the Iranian bombing against two bases in Iraq has only caused “minimal damage” to the facilities and has considered that Iran is “in retreat”, although the US forces are “prepared to anything “based on potential threats.
“As long as he is president of the United States, Iran can never have a nuclear weapon,” Trump proclaimed as he began a speech to the nation in which he reacted to the attacks launched by Iran in response to the operation he claimed last week. life of General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard.
In a first reaction on Twitter, the US president already said that “everything is fine” after the bombing, which has not left “any victims.” All our military are safe, “he said in his speech, where he highlighted the good operation of early warning systems.
According to CNN, within the Trump Administration some of its members believe that Iran has intentionally decided not to attack the areas where US troops were at the two bombed bases. In this regard, they have suggested that what Tehran would have sought is to send a message instead of launching an action strong enough to trigger a retaliation from Washington.
US forces are “prepared for anything,” according to Trump, who has nonetheless pointed out that “it seems that Iran is in retreat.” This supposed withdrawal, he added, is “something good for all the parties mentioned and something very good for the world.”
The White House tenant has thus downplayed the repeated threats of the main Iranian authorities, which do not rule out new war actions with the ultimate goal of the United States leaving the Middle East. The supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, already warned after the operation against Soleimani that there would be a “hard revenge.”
Trump has defended this operative again, in which he ended the life of someone who “should have been eliminated a long time ago.” The US president has described the Iranian general as “the world's leading terrorist,” holding him responsible for militia activities such as the Lebanese Hezbollah and accusing him of “encouraging bloody civil wars” in the area.
It has also linked him with attacks that have caused death or injury to “thousands” of US military, as well as the “violent assault” perpetrated on December 31 at the US Embassy in Baghdad.
In fact, according to Washington, “in recent days (Soleimani) was planning new attacks against US troops,” so Trump hopes this action will also serve as a “powerful message” for other “terrorists” who “value their lives. “.
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Trump has also lamented that for years the international community has “tolerated” the “destructive” behavior of Iran, especially following the nuclear agreement signed in 2015 by several international powers, including the United States – with Barack Obama as president.
The current commander in chief of the United States has insisted that such an agreement is “very disappointing,” since he believes that it does not curb Iran's “nuclear ambitions” or its “support for terrorism.”
Now, he added, “the time has come” for other countries to “recognize reality” and turn the “remnants” of the agreement in a direct message to the other signatory powers – France, United Kingdom, Germany, China and Russia–, which try to save the subscribed commitments.
Trump has announced the “immediate” imposition of new sanctions against Iranian authorities and entities and has warned that they will be in force “until Iran changes its behavior.” He has also advanced that he will ask for greater involvement of NATO in the Middle East, without going into more details.
Trump has boasted of the United States military strength, as well as its energy independence, as he has ensured that the US country does not depend on oil from the Middle East. “We are the producer of oil and natural gas in the world,” he said.
The president has concluded his speech, in which he has not accepted questions from journalists, with a direct appeal to the people and leaders of Iran: “We want you to have a great future, which you deserve.” Trump has talked about a future “in harmony” and in which “the United States is ready to embrace peace with everyone it wants.”