President Trump places new sanctions on Iran and calls for peace after airstrike

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Vice President Mike Pence and military leaders in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Trump has announced new economic sanctions against Tehran but did not call for more military action against the Iranians during his first formal public remarks about the conflict since ordering the drone strike against General Suleimani.

President Trump said ”Iran seems to be standing down and “The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”

He also said “As long as I am president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”

On Tuesday night, the Iranians retaliated by launching around 20 ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where Americans are posted.

Mr. Trump said no Americans were killed.

“As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime.”