Trump Considering Military Options Against Iran, Says He Would Go To War with Nation Over Nuclear Weapons

  • On Tuesday, President Trump said that he would consider military options against Iran to prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons and violating the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
  • Tensions have been building between the countries since Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal last year and have reached a new level since the U.S. accused Iran of attacking two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf last week.
  • When asked what would make him go to war with Iran, Trump responded: “I would certainly go over nuclear weapons. And I would keep the other a question mark.”
  • When asked about military options against Iran right now, Trump answered: “I wouldn’t say that. I can’t say that at all.”
  • On Monday, the Pentagon said it will send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East “for defensive purposes.”
  • However, per reports, “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the Trump administration is considering a full range of options after blaming Tehran for the latest attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week.”
  • Some Republican lawmakers are calling for strikes against Iran. Rep. Adam Kinzinger said: “I think it needs to be clear, and hopefully it is clear to Iran, that basically, this is it. This is about the extent of what we’ll accept.”
  • Democrats don’t think war is the way to go, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: “We have absolutely no appetite for going to war with Iran.” Pelosi further “questioned the administration’s motivations in provoking the regime.”
  • On Tuesday, Iran announced that in 10 days, it will “increase its uranium stockpiles beyond the limits allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal.”

Reference Links

  • RT: Trump says he would ‘certainly’ go to war with Iran ‘over nuclear weapons’, but not right now READ
  • Politico: Trump prepares to bypass Congress to take on Iran READ
  • The Guardian: Iran will not wage war against any nation, says Hassan Rouhani READ
  • Foreign Policy: Trump Weighs Military Options Against Iran READ

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