US doesn't have to use its military power against Iran, says Trump
Washington – President Donald Trump said on
Wednesday the United States did not necessarily have to use its
military power against Iran, in an apparent attempt to defuse a
crisis over the American killing of Iranian military commander
In an address from the White House, Trump said no Americans
were harmed in Iranian missile attacks on military bases housing
US troops in Iraq and suggested Washington might not carry out
"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 said.
"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."
Trump stopped short of making any direct threat of military
action against Iran, but said the United States "will immediately
impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian
regime" in response to what he called "Iranian aggression". He offered no specific measures.
Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing US troops in Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for the killing of
Iranian general Soleimani, raising the stakes in its conflict
with Washington amid concern about a wider war in the Middle
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addressing a
gathering of Iranians chanting "Death to America", said the
attacks were a "slap on the face" of the United States and said
US troops should leave the region.
Iran's foreign minister said Tehran took "proportionate
measures" in self-defence and did not seek to escalate the
Trump again vowed that he would not allow Iran to obtain a
nuclear weapon and urged world powers, including Russia and China, to abandon the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and work toward a
"We must all work together toward making a deal with Iran
that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place," he said.