Trump: New sanctions on Iran after base strike

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

UPDATED 10:50 a.m.

WASHINGTON (KELO) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. will immediately impose new sanctions on Iran in response to its missile attacks on military bases in Iraq that house American troops.

In an address to the nation Wednesday, Trump said those new “powerful sanctions” will remain until Iran abandons its nuclear ambitions and ends its support for terrorism.

Trump also said he would ask NATO to become more involved in the Middle East. That seems to indicate continued U.S. involvement in the region despite Trump’s desire to withdraw troops from what he calls “endless wars.”

At the same time, Trump says the United State is “ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”

10:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump says the American people should be “extremely grateful and happy” that no Americans were harmed when Iran launched ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops early Wednesday.

Trump says Iran “appears to be standing down” and is crediting an early warning system “that worked very well” for the fact that no Americans or Iraqis were killed.

The launch was Tehran’s most brazen direct assault on America since the 1979 seizing of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and came days after Trump authorized the targeted killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

Iran had pledged to retaliate, bringing the two countries closer to the brink of war.

Trump added: “We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far!”

8:37 a.m.

President Donald Trump is expected to address the nation at 10 a.m. CT Wednesday morning, CBS News reports.

Trump’s remarks come after Iran has struck back at the United States for killing a top Revolutionary Guard commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani. U.S. officials say Iran fired a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq housing American troops Tuesday.

There were no immediate reports of U.S. casualties. It’s a major escalation between the two longtime foes, and there are worries the two nations are now close to war. But there are some indications that there would not be further retaliation on either side, at least in the short term.

CBS News will air the address in a special report.

Trump tweeted “All is well!” on Tuesday night and said he would make a statement Wednesday morning.

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