Washington (Web Desk): President Donald Trump has announced to impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime.
While delivering a televised address in response to Iran's missile attacks earlier on Wednesday, Trump said that Iran “appears to be standing down” less than a day after the country attacked Iraqi bases housing US forces.
“No Americans were harmed in last night's attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties,” Trump said. “The US is continuing to look at its options, and will “immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime,” he added.
Earlier, Iran’s supreme leader said a “slap in the face” was delivered to the United States, when the Islamic republic fired missiles at US troop bases in Iraq on Wednesday.
“Last night, a slap in the face was delivered,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles on US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the killing of military commander Qassem Soleimani.
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed that they fired the missiles against at least two Iraqi military bases al-Asad air base and another in Erbil.
According to Iranian state television, 80 "American terrorists" were killed in the missile attack, adding that none of the missiles were intercepted.
State TV, citing a senior Revolutionary Guards source, also said Iran had 100 other targets in the region in its sights if Washington took any retaliatory measures. It also said US helicopters and military equipment were “severely damaged”.