After the missile bombing of Iran at military bases in Iraq with US troops in retaliation for the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday with a message in which he avoided escalating the war tension and bet on impose tougher sanctions on Tehran.
The president stressed in his 10-minute speech from the White House that no American or Iraqi soldier was injured by the bombardment launched by the Iranian regime, whose leaders appear to be satisfied for the moment with this response to Soleimani's death.
"Iran appears to be withdrawing, which is good for all parties involved and very good for the world," said the president, who reiterated his intention to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons and announced that it will impose "severe" sanctions, which they add to those that are already weighing down the Iranian economy.
Trump defended his decision to assassinate Soleimani, whom he called "the world's greatest terrorist" and took the opportunity to blame the administration of former President Barack Obama for allowing Tehran to acquire the missiles with which it attacked the military bases in Iraq last night.
"The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with funds made available by the past administration," said the president, referring to the delivery to Tehran of billions of Iranian dollars frozen in the United States as part of the agreement that the United States and other western powers reached with the Iranian regime to prevent the development of nuclear weapons.
The president also sent a clear message to the terrorists. "If you value your own life, don't threaten the lives of others," he said, while urging the Iranian people to prevent their government from sponsoring "terrorism" in other parts of the Middle East.
“We want them to have a future, a great future, one that they deserve. The United States is ready to embrace peace with whoever is seeking it,”the president finished, who, by not announcing a military response to last night's bombing, reduced the fear that the death of the Iranian general would lead to an open conflict with Tehran.