President Donald Trump has delivered an official statement in reaction to Iran’s retaliatory attack on military bases housing the United States’ troops in Iraq. The US President was speaking to clarify American citizens that Iran’s missile strikes against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq, was done in futility as no Americans or Iraqis were harmed in the exercise.
In the wake of America’s killing of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian military commander, Iran had huffed and puffed, threatening to attack key American interests in the Middle East. Trump says the retaliatory strikes by Iran “had minimal damage” on American interests. Trump also said Iran “appeared to be standing down” just as he said that there could be a way for the two countries to embrace de-escalation.
Trump also tweeted that more statements are to follow after stock-taking of the extent of damage the missiles have caused American interests in Iraq.
Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, called Tuesday night’s missile strike “proportionate measures in self-defense.” “We do not seek an escalation to war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” he said on Twitter.
Iran’s relation with America has been nothing short of “a cold war” since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, deteriorating sharply since the Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear deal that Tehran signed with the world’s powers in 2015. The Trump administration has maintained that the 2015 agreement gave Iran too much in exchange for too little. It imposed harsh sanctions designed to squeeze Iran’s already moribund economy and vowed to impose “maximum pressure.”
Iran has said it will no longer abide by the restrictions imposed on its nuclear deal but added that its decision is reversible if the other signatories to the accord — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the European Union — provide it with economic benefits.
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020