According to the US National Broadcasting Corporation, at 11 am local time on the 8th, following the Iranian attack on the US military base in Iraq, US President Trump announced that he would impose “punitive economic sanctions” on Iran. The decision means that no military confrontation with Iran will be escalated.
“As we continue to evaluate our options for tackling Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punitive economic sanctions on the Iranian regime,” Trump said in a national speech.
“Iran seems to be withdrawing, which is a good thing for every American and for the world,” he said.
Trump’s response after the attack was radically different from the fierce words and threat of destruction he had given to Iran in the first days after the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on January 3.
Just Tuesday afternoon, local time, Trump also told reporters at the White House, “If Iran does anything they shouldn’t do, they will have very serious consequences.”
Trump also said that the United States is “fully prepared” to respond to Iran’s retaliation, “if we must retaliate, we are also ready to launch an attack.”
US media said that some American analysts and government officials believe that Iran may intentionally avoid killing US soldiers.
Both Trump and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif insist that their country is not seeking war, the killing of Sulaymani and the retaliatory strike on Tuesday are defensive, not offensive of.
“We are not seeking escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday evening.
“My intuition is that Iran is not trying to escalate the conflict, they are not trying to kill Americans, they are just trying to show their strength,” said Thomas Caraco, director of the Missile Defense Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
“What they are trying to do is get the missiles to fly, hit their chests a little, and show force without killing the Americans. To do this, you need to use a tool that best guarantees results And from the initial appearance, they seem to use some of their precision guided missiles, “Caraco added.