President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Washington does not have to use its military against Tehran between US-Iran tensions. Trump’s remark came hours after Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two bases where US military and coalition forces’ are stationed in Iraq, which Tehran said was a “slap in the face” of America
Donald Trump said, “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.”
Trump stopped short of making any direct threat of military action against Iran but said the US “will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime” in response to what he called “Iranian aggression.”
Amid soaring US-Iran conflict, President Donald Trump compelled the world to send a unified message to Tehran against its support for terror activities.
Speaking from the White House Foyer, President Trump said, “Peace and stability cannot prevail in the Middle East as long as Iran continues to foment violence, unrest, hatred, and war. The civilized world must send a clear and unified message to the Iranian regime: Your campaign of terror, murder, mayhem will not be tolerated any longer. It will not be allowed to go forward.”
The United States will immediately impose additional sanctions on the Iranian regime. pic.twitter.com/Y47COReXr2
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 8, 2020
Calling on Europe and other parties, such as Russia and China, to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord to abandon the deal and negotiate a new one, Trump said that he would ask Nato to “become much more involved” in the Middle East.
He also asserted that the US is no longer dependent on the Middle East for its energy needs. “We are now the number-one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. We are independent, and we do not need Middle East oil,” Trump said.
Oil prices fell on Wednesday afternoon after US President Donald Trump announced that Iran was backing off its retaliatory stance. Oil prices were trading sharply down following Trump’s announcement.