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Trump: U.S. imposing new sanctions on Iran

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 8, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump said today that Iranian missile strikes on bases in Iraq did not harm any U.S. troops stationed there and damage was minimal, an outcome he said showed Tehran wanted to de-escalate a standoff.
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Iran "appears to be standing down", Trump said at the White House amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran over the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last week.

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Trump announced the US would impose new "powerful" sanctions until "Iran changes its behaviour".

"The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it. We do not want to use it. American strength, both military and economic, is the best deterrent," Trump said in a speech that struck a noticeably different tone than his tweets following the attack on Soleimani in which he threatened to "fully strike back" if Iran attacked any US citizen or site.