Military action against Iran still ‘on the table’

Ann Santiago
June 23, 2019

"They need to step up and help secure the shipping through there, it's not just going to be the U.S". "They're going on slowly and in some cases pretty rapidly". I didn't like that'.

"You can't have nuclear weapons", he said, adding "if you want to talk about it, good".

In segments of the NBC interview that were aired Friday on MSNBC, Trump said he began having concerns about how many Iranians might be killed in retaliation for the downing of an unmanned drone.

Israeli daily Ynet yesterday reported Israeli security officials as warning that US President Donald Trump might order a limited "surgical assault" to quell Iran's provocations.

Back in April, President Hassan Rouhani likened Trump to a knifeman with whom Iran will not negotiate.

Donald Trump said the U.S. was "cocked and loaded" to retaliate against Iran, but cancelled the strikes just minutes before they were to be carried out on Thursday after being told 150 people could die.

"We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights (sic) when I asked, how many will die", Trump wrote on Twitter. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General.

Tehran has warned the United States of serious consequences for the entire Middle East if Washington moves aggressively against Iran amid escalating tensions between the two countries the shooting down of an unmanned USA drone by the Islamic republic. As Trump tweeted Friday, "I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. I didn't think it was - I didn't think it was proportionate".

"We are aware of the IRGC's claims", Brown said.


Russia's President Vladimir Putin is aware that he has some avenues open to him, but that he will not be able to put real pressure on Washington.

The president's decision to call off the attack is a reminder that despite the escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran in recent weeks, there is a realization that military action, once under way, can quickly lead to unintended consequences, including large-scale war.

But the U.S. pulled out of the deal previous year and reinstated sanctions.

"We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday", Mr Trump tweeted. For this reason, it has resolved to invite a United States military response in the hope that Mr Trump will back off under domestic and worldwide pressure. We have got additional sanctions for sure, ' a senior administration official said, according to CNN.

"A military mistake from the enemy, particularly from the US and its regional allies, will be tantamount to firing at a powder keg on which sit the USA and its interests, and it will set the region ablaze", he said. It has also accused European countries of failing to live up to their promises of protecting Iran's economy from U.S. sanctions.

Although, military actions against Iran, is allegedly still on the table until the situation has been solved. "The president, to his great credit, appears to be sceptical of this - very sceptical", Carlson said onscreen.

Trump said there were no pre-conditions for USA talks with Tehran.

When the unnamed generals said about 150, Trump said he thought about it for a second.

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