Trump holds conference on Iran attack

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    US President Donald Trump insists the US is ready to embrace peace, and that his country wants Iran to have a “great future”.

    Today, he delivered his first comprehensive statement on last night’s attack which saw Iran fire ballistic missiles at US bases in Iraq.

    Mr Trump says there were no American or Iraqi casualties, and that damage was minimal.

    He adds that while Iran seems to be standing down, US forces are “prepared for anything”.

    Mr Trump however remained critical of Iran’s actions and nuclear ambitions, insisting that he will never allow it to have nuclear weapons.

    The US President was especially critical of the Iran nuclear deal, calling it “very defective” and urging other nations to abandon it altogether.

    That comment comes after Iran announced on Wednesday that it was partially withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

    Instead, he says the US will continue to evaluate the situation in Iran, and insists that sanctions will remain until the country changes its behaviour.

    Mr Trump also again defended the operation that led to the death of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, saying he was responsible for directing attacks on US personnel in Iraq and was planning further action.

    As for the common speculation that oil was a a pull factor in the region for the US, Mr Trump insisted that “America has achieved energy independence” adding “we do not need Middle East oil”.

     

    WATCH LIVE: US President Donald Trump speaks following Iran's attack on US forces

    Watch back: President Trump held a press conference following Iran's ballistic missile attack on air bases housing US forces in Iraq, in retaliation to the US killing of General Qasem Soleimani.

    Posted by BBC News on Wednesday, January 8, 2020