‘Iran appears to be standing down’: Trump to impose sanctions after missile strikes

Donald Trump has declared Iran “appears to be standing down” from the brink of war after it carried out missile strikes on two Iraqi bases housing US troops.

The president confirmed no US soldiers were harmed in the overnight attacks, but in an apparent show of determination, he insisted America would impose economic sanctions on Iran that would remain in place “until Iran changes its behaviour”.

In his address, from the grand foyer of the White House, and flanked by his top defence and security officials, Mr Trump told Americans they should be “extremely grateful and happy” that no US citizen was harmed in the attacks.

“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good think for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” he said.

The US President said: 'The time has come for the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, China to breakaway from the Iran deal'

Full speech: Trump’s statement on Iran

Shortly after the speech, one of Iraq’s leading clerics, Moqtadr al Sadr said the crisis was over and he called on militias in the country to be patient and not re-start military action – but the Iraqi military has since said that two rockets have fallen on the Green Zone in Baghdad. No casualties have been reported.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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