Donald Trump had posted a tweet saying "All is Well!" after Iran's missile attack on US bases (Photo Credit: Twitter @TheWhiteHouse)
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that "Iran appeared to be standing down" after launching missile attacks aimed at the US military in Iraq overnight. In his first address after the attacks, Trump said that no Americans were harmed in these attacks. The Iranian state television had claimed that "at least 80 terrorist US soldiers" were killed after bases at Ain al-Asad and Arbil in Iraq - which house US and coalition forces - were targeted by more than a dozen ballistic missiles. Some 5,000 US soldiers are in Iraq as part of the international coalition against the IS terror group.
"We suffered no casualties. All our soldiers are safe, only minimal damages were sustained at our military bases," Trump said.
"Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned," he added.
The Iranian strike had come in response to last week's killing by the United States of the country's most important general, Qasem Soleimani. Initial assessments had also indicated there were no US casualties in the missile strikes on two bases in Iraq where US troops are based, the Pentagon said.
Trump also vowed that he will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon. "As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon," Trump said.
In a direct message to the Iranian leaders and the people, Trump said the United States is "ready to embrace peace with all who seek it". "To the people and leaders of Iran, we want you to have a future and a great future, one that you deserve," Trump said.
Tehran had said it had halted its missile strikes, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeting that the country does "not seek escalation or war".
Donald Trump said US are constructing 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, he added.
Trump declared that the US will impose additional economic sanctions on Iran.
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