Tensions easing with Iran


World News

January 9, 2020 - 10:30 AM

President Donald Trump delivers a statement Wednesday at the White House in response to Iran firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops. ABACA PRESS/PETE MAROVICH/TNS

WASHINGTON — Faced with the possibility of a full-scale war with Iran, President Donald Trump chose Wednesday to de-escalate, wrapping a conciliatory message in bellicose rhetoric as he denounced the country’s leaders but ordered no new military action in response to Tehran’s missile attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq.

Trump said he would impose additional economic sanctions on Iran — a move of limited impact given the multiple, strict sanctions already in place — but otherwise did not retaliate for the missile strikes.

“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 very good thing for the world.”

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