President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday after Iran had launched 22 ballistic missiles at American military bases located in Iraq. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fired rockets early morning in retaliation for the killing of Quassem Soleimani, Iranian Major General. Trump issued a statement, telling reporters that “no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.”
American bases sustained minimal damage as a result of the attack, with some of the rockets not even reaching the target. “Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter,” said Javad Zarif, Iranian Foreign Minister. The nature of the strike raised a discussion about whether this avoidance of US troops casualties was deliberate. Some recognized it as a way for the Iranian regime to save its face while begrudgingly seek to de-escalate the conflict.
“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” said the President. Nonetheless, Trump promised “punishing” economic sanctions against Iran in addition to those already placed since US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. They will remain in effect until Iran changes its behavior.
“The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it,” said the President seemingly trying to reduce the tensions between two countries. He refrained from issuing further military threats, but called on Iran to stop “nuclear ambitions.” Trump also added that Iran will not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon while he is President.