president of the UNITED states, Donald Trump, stepping up the sanctions against Iran. He says that Iran is lucky, because no american soldiers were killed by attacks on bases in Iraq on the night of Wednesday.
- All of our soldiers are in good standing. There was only limited material damage. Our forces are prepared for everything, " says Trump, and states that the UNITED states do not want to use military force, but will use powerful economic sanctions.
- There will immediately be introduced new sanctions, which will be maintained until Iran changes its behavior, " he says.
Trump says, at the same time, to the world's great powers must support action against Iran, to ensure that the country does not develop nuclear weapons and refrain from supporting terrorism.
The american president goes on to say that Nato must play a greater role in this crisis and become more involved in the process in the Middle east.
- the UNITED states is ready for peace, he says in a statement delivered at a press conference in The White House.
Trump gave the impression to the iranians, apparently, was willing to downplay the crisis, because the missile attacks on bases in Iraq has cost the lives of american soldiers.
Observers said earlier Wednesday that Iran has, apparently, purposely made sure that the missiles hit in Iraq, causing only limited damage.
Iran fired several ballistic missiles against the air base Al-Asad in western Iraq. There are both american and Danish soldiers among the expatriates on the base.
an airbase in Erbil in the north and the kurdish part of the country was shelled.
The iranian attack was in retaliation for AMERICA's killing of the powerful military commander Qassem Soleimani.
It wrote to Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, on Wednesday on Twitter.
The 62-year-old Qassem Soleimani was the leader of the Quds elitestyrken in the revolutionary guards of Iran and one of Iran's most powerful men.
He found himself in a vehicle on Friday last week, was hit by a missile fired from a drone. He was on his way out of the international airport in Baghdad in Iraq. The UNITED states was behind droneangrebet.