Donald Trump giving speech in White House
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Trump: Iran 'Standing Down' After Air Strikes On Military Bases

Donald Trump announced he would ask NATO to become "much more involved in the Middle East process".

Donald Trump giving speech in White House

United States President Donald Trump has said no Americans were harmed in Iran's ballistic missile strike on two Iraqi bases housing US and UK troops.

Speaking from the White House, he said Iran appears to be "standing down" following the attacks.

The Iranian strike had come days after Mr Trump authorised the targeted killing of General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force.

Mr Trump announced that the US will immediately place new sanctions on Iran "until Iran changes its behaviour", and reiterated his position that "Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon".

He added that Americans should be "extremely grateful and happy" with the outcome.

Mr Trump also called on the UK, Germany, France, China and Russia to abandon the Iran nuclear deal.

"The very defective JCPOA expires shortly anyway and gives Iran a clear and quick path to nuclear breakout," he told a press conference at the White House.

"Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism.

"The time has come for the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China to recognise this reality.

"They must now break away from the remnants of the Iran deal - or JCPOA - and we must all work together towards making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place."

Mr Trump also announced he would ask NATO to become "much more involved in the Middle East process".

Cover image: PA.