Trump issues sanctions, Tehran 'appears to be standing down'
President Donald Trump addressed the nation today after Iran launched missile strikes at two Iraqi military bases where United States staff and soldiers were located. No casualties were reported, but this required a response from Trump, who placed some of the blame on the Obama administration for allowing Iran to have access to so much money.
Trump has issued new sanctions on the Islamic Republic and evaluating other options in response after the two strikes lead by Tehran.
Trump stated on his announcement that Iran “appears to be standing down” as per a report on Market Watch:
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Iran “appears to be standing down” following strikes by Tehran on two U.S. bases in Iraq overnight, and announced fresh sanctions on the Islamic Republic as he said his administration was continuing to evaluate options to respond to “Iranian aggression.”
Trump spoke from the White House following the strikes early Wednesday local time. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said the firing of ballistic missiles at the bases housing U.S. forces were in retribution for the U.S. killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the Wall Street Journal reported.
However, Iran's supreme leader also made a statement, as reported by CBS News:
Iran's supreme leader called his country's missile strike a "slap" to the Americans, but said Iran's real revenge will be forcing the U.S. to pull out of the region. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Iran does "not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression."
It appears that neither side wants war, but both sides are willing to defend themselves. It's safe to say one side has a superior military, and the other side is Iran.