Trump warns Iran but says US ‘ready to embrace peace with all who seek it’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is addressing the nation from the Grand Foyer at White House just hours after Iran rained more than a dozen rockets down on airbases in Iraq housing U.S. troops. Iranians said the attack was in response to a U.S. drone strike last week that killed Qasem Soleimani, one of Tehran’s most powerful leaders.

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11:37 a.m. EST

Iran nuclear deal

Trump called on the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China to break off from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

11:35 a.m. EST 

Trump to impose fresh sanctions on Iran

Trump said his administration will impose new sanctions on Iran in response to the attack. He did not specify how those sanctions would be applied.

“These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior,” Trump said.

11:33 a.m. EST

‘Those days are over’

“For far too long, all the way back to 1979 to be exact, nations have tolerated Iran’s destructive and destabilizing behavior in the Middle East and beyond,” Trump said.

“Those days are over,” he added.

He said Iran had been the leading sponsor of terrorism and their “pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the civilized world.”

11:31 a.m. EST

Trump said the U.S. suffered no casualties in Iran’s attacks on military bases in Iraq. “All of our soldiers are safe,” he said. 

11:28 a.m. EST

Trump takes the podium

“As long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon,” Trump said as he began his speech.

11:22 a.m. EST

Speech taking place in Grand Foyer

Trump will take the podium in the Grand Foyer. Also called the Entrance Hall, it is the primary, formal entrance to the White House. Partially covered by a red carpet, it’s where presidents often deliver major addresses to the nation.

11:09 a.m. EST

What to watch for

Will Trump pump the brakes on escalating tensions with Iran or add fuel to the fire? Initial assessments from the Pentagon indicate the Iranian attack inflicted minimal damage and no causalities. If those reports are accurate, it could provide Trump the off-ramp he needs to avoid an all-out war with one of America’s most challenging foes.