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Post by claud39 on Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:45 pm

Read President Trump’s full remarks on the Iranian missile attacks
JAN. 8, 2020


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President Trump responded Wednesday morning following Iran’s overnight missile attacks at U.S. forces posted at bases in Iraq, announcing he would impose additional economic sanctions on Tehran but making no commitment to the punishing military response he had threatened only days ago. Here are his full remarks:
As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.
Good morning. I’m pleased to inform you: The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.
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.

No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces, and an early warning system that worked very well. I salute the incredible skill and courage of America’s men and women in uniform.
For far too long -- all the way back to 1979, to be exact -- nations have tolerated Iran’s destructive and destabilizing behavior in the Middle East and beyond. Those days are over. Iran has been the leading sponsor of terrorism, and their pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the civilized world. We will never let that happen.
Last week, we took decisive action to stop a ruthless terrorist from threatening American lives. At my direction, the United States military eliminated the world’s top terrorist, Qasem Soleimani. As the head of the Quds Force, Soleimani was personally responsible for some of the absolutely worst atrocities.
He trained terrorist armies, including Hezbollah, launching terrorist strikes against civilian targets. He fueled bloody civil wars all across the region. He viciously wounded and murdered thousands of U.S. troops, including the planting of roadside bombs that maim and dismember their victims.


Soleimani directed the recent attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq that badly wounded four service members and killed one American, and he orchestrated the violent assault on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. In recent days, he was planning new attacks on American targets, but we stopped him.
Soleimani’s hands were drenched in both American and Iranian blood. He should have been terminated long ago. By removing Soleimani, we have sent a powerful message to terrorists: If you value your own life, you will not threaten the lives of our people.
As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime. These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior.
In recent months alone, Iran has seized ships in international waters, fired an unprovoked strike on Saudi Arabia, and shot down two U.S. drones.
Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013, and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash. Instead of saying “thank you” to the United States, they chanted “death to America.” In fact, they chanted “death to America” the day the agreement was signed.
Then, Iran went on a terror spree, funded by the money from the deal, and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration. The regime also greatly tightened the reins on their own country, even recently killing 1,500 people at the many protests that are taking place all throughout Iran.
The very defective JCPOA expires shortly anyway, and gives Iran a clear and quick path to nuclear breakout. Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism. The time has come for the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China to recognize this reality.
They must now break away from the remnants of the Iran deal -– or JCPOA –- and we must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place. We must also make a deal that allows Iran to thrive and prosper, and take advantage of its enormous untapped potential. Iran can be a great country.

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.
Today, I am going to ask NATO to become much more involved in the Middle East process. Over the last three years, under my leadership, our economy is stronger than ever before and America has achieved energy independence. These historic accompliments [accomplishments] changed our strategic priorities. These are accomplishments that nobody thought were possible. And options in the Middle East became available. 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.
The American military has been completely rebuilt under my administration, at a cost of $2.5 trillion. U.S. Armed Forces are stronger than ever before. Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal, and fast. Under construction are many hypersonic missiles.
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.
Three months ago, after destroying 100 percent of ISIS and its territorial caliphate, we killed the savage leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi, who was responsible for so much death, including the mass beheadings of Christians, Muslims, and all who stood in his way. He was a monster. Al-Baghdadi was trying again to rebuild the ISIS caliphate, and failed.
Tens of thousands of ISIS fighters have been killed or captured during my administration. ISIS is a natural enemy of Iran. The destruction of ISIS is good for Iran, and we should work together on this and other shared priorities.
Finally, to the people and leaders of Iran: We want you to have a future and a great future -- one that you deserve, one of prosperity at home, and harmony with the nations of the world. The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.
I want to thank you, and God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you.


https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-01-08/trump-address-iran-missile-strike-us-base-full-remarks
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Post by claud39 on Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:50 pm

Trump calls for more economic sanctions on Iran, no further military action




JAN. 8, 2020







WASHINGTON — 


 
President Trump said Wednesday he would impose additional economic sanctions on Iran, but did not call for any additional military action in response to Tehran’s missile attacks at U.S. forces in Iraq.


“Our great American forces are prepared for anything,” Trump said in a speech from the White House. “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a good thing for the world.”


Trump noted that no Americans or Iraqis were killed in the attack “because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces, and an early warning system that worked very well.”


Military experts said that Iran’s missile attack appeared to have been calibrated to avoid inflicting casualties, aiming at airplane hangars and other equipment at the two bases in Iraq that were targeted.

Only days ago, Trump had threatened that he would order an attack if Iran hit U.S. bases or interests. But in the aftermath of the actual strike, the president wrapped a more conciliatory message in his trademark bellicose rhetoric, calling for the U.S. and other world powers to negotiate a new deal with Iran to control that country’s nuclear program and urging joint U.S.-Iranian efforts against the Islamic State militants.


U.S. officials have not confirmed any casualties from the at least 15 ballistic missiles fired from Iran, and both Tehran and Washington signaled Tuesday night that they were prepared to back away from the brink without further escalation. Trump’s speech solidified that impression, at least for now.


Over the last five days, Trump repeatedly had threatened to unleash a devastating attack on Iran if it conducted any military response to the U.S. drone strike that targeted and killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, a top Iranian commander. His death infuriated Iran’s leaders.


But after suggesting a major military conflict in an election year, Trump appeared reluctant to follow through on his own rhetoric.


While portraying Iran’s retaliatory strikes as something less than a major provocation, Trump, who was flanked by the vice president and his national security team as he spoke from a teleprompter, defended the strike against Suleimani, whom he labeled a “terrorist.” And he repeated his vow never to allow Iran to become a nuclear power.


Urging European powers to abandon once and for all the framework of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, Trump called on the major European powers, Russia and China, which helped negotiate that agreement, to forge a “deal with Iran that makes the world a safer place.”


Iran could “have a great future” of prosperity and harmony with the world, he said, adding that the U.S. is ready to “embrace peace with all who seek it.”
With the president’s nine minutes of remarks from the White House foyer Wednesday morning, the immediate crisis may now ease, but the long-term effects on foreign policy are less clear given the president’s repeated vows to punish Iran. Trump has urged Iran’s leaders to negotiate with him in the past, and while he offered that olive branch again on Wednesday, he did not make any specific offers to loosen the economic strictures that have choked Iran’s economy — a key Iranian demand.


Trump met Tuesday night at the White House with his national security team, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Although a presidential address Tuesday evening was discussed privately, Trump’s only message to the nation came in a late-night tweet, which was notably less bellicose — upbeat even — than his previous threats and warnings to Iran. It did not include any words in capital letters, a sign of relative restraint for him.


“All is well,” Trump tweeted. “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!”


Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, also signaled that his country’s leadership was ready to stand down after the missile strikes, which were launched shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning in Iran.

“Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched,” Zarif tweeted. “We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.”


Iraq’s prime minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, said Wednesday that Iran warned Baghdad about the attack roughly 80 minutes before it began and that “the strike would be limited to places where the U.S. Army is present in Iraq without specifying [the strikes’] targets.” The U.S. also notified the Iraqis when the missile strike was taking place, the prime minister said.


Barham Salih, Iraq’s president, issued a statement that “calls on all parties to exercise self-restraint and wisdom.”


Trump has made a tougher approach with Iran a cornerstone of his foreign policy. But he has few fixed policies, and may not be bound by his own threat several days ago to hit Iran “VERY FAST AND VERY HARD” if it retaliated for Suleimani’s death, nor by his fierce criticism of President Obama for failing to enforce his own “red line” with Syria in 2012.


Trump has boasted about ordering the drone strike against Suleimani, whom the U.S. considered a terrorist for his role supporting Shiite militias fighting U.S. forces during the occupation of Iraq.


Even if the crisis does not lead to all-out war, the tit-for-tat attacks have destabilized the already volatile region.


After the drone strike on Suleimani, Iran announced it would no longer abide by restrictions on uranium enrichment imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal that Iran agreed to with the U.S. and five other world powers.


The future of the U.S. military presence in Iraq is now an open question, and a draw-down of forces, something Trump has long sought, could create a vacuum filled by Islamic State or Iran-backed Shiite militias at a time when anti-American sentiment is inflamed. And there remains the possibility of tit-for-tat cyber-attacks in lieu of military escalation.



Further, the prospect of face-to-face talks between the U.S. and Iran about curtailing Tehran’s nuclear capabilities appears dim. Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed severe sanctions on Iran in an effort, so far unsuccessful, to force Iran back to the negotiating table.



https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-01-08/trump-refrains-from-quick-counter-attack-on-iran
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