Trump: Iran appears to be ‘standing down’ after missile strike

President Donald Trump has said Iran appears to be "standing down" and said no Americans were harmed in Iran's ballistic missile strike on two Iraqi bases housing US troops.

Speaking from the White House, Mr Trump seemed intent on de-escalating the crisis, indicating that he would not retaliate militarily for the strikes.

Instead, he said the US would immediately put in place new economic sanctions "until Iran changes its behaviour" after the country's most brazen direct assault on America since the 1979 seizing of the US embassy in Tehran.

The attack came days after Mr Trump authorised the targeted killing of General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force.

Iran missile strikes in Iraq
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Iran had pledged to retaliate, bringing the two countries closer to the brink of war.

Mr Trump credited an early warning system "that worked very well" for the fact that no Americans or Iraqis were killed.

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Syrian demonstrators burn the US flag as they gather in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 7, 2020, to mourn and condemn the death of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, and nine others in a US air strike in Baghdad. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
Syrian demonstrators and members of the military gather, under the portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 7, 2020, to mourn and condemn the death of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, and nine others in a US air strike in Baghdad. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
Syrian demonstrators burn the Israeli flag as they gather in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 7, 2020, to mourn and condemn the death of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, and nine others in a US air strike in Baghdad. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
Member of Syria's military gather in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 7, 2020, to mourn and condemn the death of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani (portrait), and nine others in a US air strike in Baghdad. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
Syrian demonstrators gather under a poster of President Bashar al-Assad (C) in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 7, 2020, to mourn and condemn the death of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani (portrait), and nine others in a US air strike in Baghdad. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
A member of the Syrian military waves a flag of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 7, 2020, to mourn and condemn the death of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, and nine others in a US air strike in Baghdad. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
Syrian demonstrators wave portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (C), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and head of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 7, 2020, to mourn and condemn the death of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, and nine others in a US air strike in Baghdad. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People of Iran in various parts of the country, especially the people of the Iranian capital, lit candles and mourned the night of General Qasem Soleimani's burial, in Tehran, Iran, on June 7, 2019. Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Hamid Vakili/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Iraqi mourners gather at the Shaheed (martyr) Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr Bridge, named after Mohammed Baqr Al-Sadr, assassinated during the regime of ousted president Saddam Hussein in the 1980's, as they welcome the body of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the slain chief of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary force with close ties to Iran, in the southern city of Basra after it came from Iran on January 7, 2020 ahead on his burial. - Muhandis, killed early on January 3 in a US strike on Baghdad, was seen as Tehran's man in Iraq and a sworn enemy of the United States. The US strike on Baghdad's international airport early Friday also killed his personal friend Qasem Soleimani, a top commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. (Photo by Hussein FALEH / AFP) (Photo by HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP via Getty Images)
A fully veiled woman holds a portrait of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the slain chief of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary force with close ties to Iran, as his body arrives in the southern city of Basra after it came from Iran on January 7, 2020 ahead on his burial. - Muhandis, killed early on January 3 in a US strike on Baghdad, was seen as Tehran's man in Iraq and a sworn enemy of the United States. The US strike on Baghdad's international airport early Friday also killed his personal friend Qasem Soleimani, a top commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. (Photo by Hussein FALEH / AFP) (Photo by HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP via Getty Images)
A man holds a slogans in Arabic calling for revenge as the body of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the slain chief of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary force with close ties to Iran, arrives in the southern city of Basra after it came from Iran on January 7, 2019 ahead on his burial. - Muhandis, killed early on January 3 in a US strike on Baghdad, was seen as Tehran's man in Iraq and a sworn enemy of the United States. The US strike on Baghdad's international airport early Friday also killed his personal friend Qasem Soleimani, a top commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. (Photo by Hussein FALEH / AFP) (Photo by HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP via Getty Images)
The body Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the slain chief of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary force with close ties to Iran, is welcomed in the southern city of Basra after it came from Iran on January 7, 2020 ahead on his burial. - Muhandis, killed early on January 3 in a US strike on Baghdad, was seen as Tehran's man in Iraq and a sworn enemy of the United States. The US strike on Baghdad's international airport early Friday also killed his personal friend Qasem Soleimani, a top commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. (Photo by Hussein FALEH / AFP) (Photo by HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP via Getty Images)
The body Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the slain chief of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary force with close ties to Iran, is welcomed in the southern city of Basra after it came from Iran on January 7, 2020 ahead on his burial. - Muhandis, killed early on January 3 in a US strike on Baghdad, was seen as Tehran's man in Iraq and a sworn enemy of the United States. The US strike on Baghdad's international airport early Friday also killed his personal friend Qasem Soleimani, a top commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. (Photo by Hussein FALEH / AFP) / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Hussein FALEH has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [2020] instead of [2019]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention from all your online services and delete it from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo by HUSSEIN FALEH/AFP via Getty Images)
Pakistani Shiite Muslim protest against the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq, outside the US consulate in Lahore on January 7, 2020. - A stampede broke out January 7 at the funeral of a top Iranian general killed in a US drone strike, leaving 40 people dead and many injured as huge crowds packed his hometown. (Photo by ARIF ALI / AFP) (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Pakistani Shiite Muslim burn US and Israeli flags in a protest against the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in the US strike in Iraq, in Lahore on January 7, 2020. - A stampede broke out January 7 at the funeral of a top Iranian general killed in a US drone strike, leaving 40 people dead and many injured as huge crowds packed his hometown. (Photo by ARIF ALI / AFP) (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)
Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin of slain top general Qasem Soleimani during the final stage of funeral processions, in his hometown Kerman on January 7, 2020. - Soleimani was killed outside Baghdad airport Friday in a drone strike ordered by US President Donald Trump, ratcheting up tensions with arch-enemy Iran which has vowed "severe revenge". The assassination of the 62-year-old heightened international concern about a new war in the volatile, oil-rich Middle East and rattled financial markets. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)
Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin of slain top general Qasem Soleimani during the final stage of funeral processions, in his hometown Kerman on January 7, 2020. - Soleimani was killed outside Baghdad airport on January 3 in a drone strike ordered by US President Donald Trump, ratcheting up tensions with arch-enemy Iran which has vowed "severe revenge". The assassination of the 62-year-old heightened international concern about a new war in the volatile, oil-rich Middle East and rattled financial markets. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)
Iranian mourners stand on a bridge during the final stage of funeral processions for slain top general Qasem Soleimani, in his hometown Kerman on January 7, 2020. - Soleimani was killed outside Baghdad airport on January 3 in a drone strike ordered by US President Donald Trump, ratcheting up tensions with arch-enemy Iran which has vowed "severe revenge". The assassination of the 62-year-old heightened international concern about a new war in the volatile, oil-rich Middle East and rattled financial markets. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)
Iranian mourners gather during the final stage of funeral processions for slain top general Qasem Soleimani, in his hometown Kerman on January 7, 2020. - Soleimani was killed outside Baghdad airport Friday in a drone strike ordered by US President Donald Trump, ratcheting up tensions with arch-enemy Iran which has vowed "severe revenge". The assassination of the 62-year-old heightened international concern about a new war in the volatile, oil-rich Middle East and rattled financial markets. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin of slain top general Qasem Soleimani during the final stage of funeral processions, in his hometown Kerman on January 7, 2020. - Soleimani was killed outside Baghdad airport Friday in a drone strike ordered by US President Donald Trump, ratcheting up tensions with arch-enemy Iran which has vowed "severe revenge". The assassination of the 62-year-old heightened international concern about a new war in the volatile, oil-rich Middle East and rattled financial markets. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)
People leave a poster representing US President Donald Trump (C) on the ground to protest against the US authorities for the killing of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq, during a demonstration near the US embassy in New Delhi on January 7, 2020. - A US drone strike killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad's international airport on January 3, dramatically heightening regional tensions and prompting arch enemy Tehran to vow "revenge". (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP) (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman holds a placard to protest against the US authorities for the killing of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq, during a demonstration near the US embassy in New Delhi on January 7, 2020. - A US drone strike killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad's international airport on January 3, dramatically heightening regional tensions and prompting arch enemy Tehran to vow "revenge". (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP) (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images)
TEHRAN, Jan. 7, 2020 -- People attend the funeral ceremony of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 6, 2020. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians in Tehran on Monday mourned the assassination of Qassem Soleimani. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz via Getty Images)
TEHRAN, Jan. 7, 2020 -- People mourn during the funeral ceremony of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 6, 2020. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians in Tehran on Monday mourned the assassination of Qassem Soleimani. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz via Getty Images)
SANAA, YEMEN - JANUARY 6: People gather to protest the US air strike in Iraq that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, who headed Iran's Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds force in Sanaa, Yemen on January 6, 2020. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Flowers and posters are displayed at the gate of the Iranian embassy in the Hague on January 6, 2020 in memory of the recently killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. - Iranian top military commander Qasem Soleimani was killed on January 3 in a US air strike outside Baghdad international airport that shocked the Islamic republic and sparked fears of a new war in the Middle East. (Photo by Sem VAN DER WAL / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by SEM VAN DER WAL/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
Iranian schoolboys carrying a symbolic coffin of the U.S. as they take part a mass funeral for the commander of the IRGS Qods Force Qasem Soleimani, Iraqi-Iranian deputy chief of the Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd Shaabi) commander Jamal Ja'far Muhammad Ali Al Ibrahim, known by the kunya Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and four other members of the Revolutionary Guard Corps who were killed in Baghdad airport during an American airstrike, in central Tehran, January 6, 2020. Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force killed during an American airstrike in Baghdad airport on Friday January 3rd. (Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A pictures of slain Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani is seen during a ceremony at the Iranian Consulate in Quetta on January 6, 2020. - A US drone strike killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad's international airport on January 3, dramatically heightening regional tensions and prompting arch enemy Tehran to vow "revenge". (Photo by Banaras KHAN / AFP) (Photo by BANARAS KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
06 January 2020, Iran, Tehran: Coffins of commander of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy head of the predominantly Shia Muslim Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), and others who were killed in a US airstrike on Baghdad airport late Thursday, are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during a funeral procession, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square. Photo: Saeid Zareian/dpa (Photo by Saeid Zareian/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Mourners carry mock coffins with images of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pasted on them as they gather to pay homage to slain Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and other victims of a US attack, in the capital Tehran on January 6, 2020. - Mourners packed the streets of Tehran for ceremonies to pay homage to Soleimani, who spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force and was killed in a US drone strike on January 3 near Baghdad airport. (Photo by Atta KENARE / AFP) (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JANUARY 06: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "IRANIAN LEADER PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Soleimanis long-time lieutenant and the new leader of Quds Force Gen. Esmail Qaani mourns over the coffin of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, vice president of Hashd al-Shaabi group, during the funeral ceremony, in Tehran, Iran on January 06, 2019. (Photo by Iranian Leader Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JANUARY 06: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "IRANIAN LEADER PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Soleimanis long-time lieutenant and the new leader of Quds Force Gen. Esmail Qaani cries over the coffin during the funeral ceremony of Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Forces, who was killed in a U.S. drone airstrike in Iraq, in Tehran, Iran on January 06, 2019. (Photo by Iranian Leader Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JANUARY 06: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "IRANIAN LEADER PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right 2) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left 2) attend the funeral ceremony of Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Forces, who was killed in a U.S. drone airstrike in Iraq, in Tehran, Iran on January 06, 2019. (Photo by Iranian Leader Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 06: Filipinos take part in a protest versus US aggression against Iran, at the US embassy on January 6, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. The protest was held in response to increased tensions in the Middle East as a result of a U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Military Commander Qasem Soleimani last week. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JANUARY 05: A picture of Iranian revolutionary guard Gen. Qaseem Soleimani is seen in an electronic store on January 5, 2020 in downtown Tehran, Iran. General Qasem Soleymani as killed in a U.S. strike in Baghdad. The 62-year-old deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards will be laid to rest in his hometown of Kerman as part of three days of ceremonies across the country, the Revolutionary Guards have said (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 5, 2020: Iran's new ambassador to Russia, Kazem Jalali, during a press briefing at the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Moscow in connection with the death of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani; Soleimani was killed in an airstrike by US drones near Baghdad, Iraq, on 3 January 2020, amid rising tensions between Iran and the United States; Iran's diplomatic missions around the world fly flags at half mast to mourn the death of Soleimani. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
05 January 2020, Lebanon, Beirut: A supporter of Lebanon's Iran-allied Hezbollah movement, cries as he attends a mass rally and a televised speech by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, in tribute to Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the predominantly Shia Muslim Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), who were killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad. Photo: Marwan Naamani/dpa (Photo by Marwan Naamani/picture alliance via Getty Images)
05 January 2020, Lebanon, Beirut: A supporter of Lebanon's Iran-allied Hezbollah movement, cries as he attends a mass rally and a televised speech by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, in tribute to Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the predominantly Shia Muslim Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), who were killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad. Photo: Marwan Naamani/dpa (Photo by Marwan Naamani/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Shiite Muslims march to protest against the US strike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq, during a demonstration in Karachi on January 5, 2020. - A US drone strike killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad's international airport on January 3, dramatically heightening regional tensions and prompting arch enemy Tehran to vow "revenge". (Photo by Rizwan TABASSUM / AFP) (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP via Getty Images)
A protester holds a banner reading " down with America", during a demonstration outside the US consulate in Istanbul, on January 5, 2020, two days after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed by a US drone strike. - A US drone strike killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad's international airport on January 3, dramatically heightening regional tensions and prompting arch enemy Tehran to vow "revenge". (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP) (Photo by YASIN AKGUL/AFP via Getty Images)
An Iraqi demonstrator poses next to burning tyres as angry protesters blocked roads in the central shrine city of Najaf, on January 5, 2020, to reject turning the country into an arena for US-Iran conflicts. - Iraq's parliament was expected to vote today on ousting thousands of US troops from military bases, which are threatened by pro-Tehran factions after an American strike killed top Iranian and Iraqi commanders. (Photo by Haidar HAMDANI / AFP) (Photo by HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP via Getty Images)
Iraqi demonstrators flash the victory sign next to burning tyres as angry protesters blocked roads in the central shrine city of Najaf, on January 5, 2020, to reject turning the country into an arena for US-Iran conflicts. - Iraq's parliament was expected to vote today on ousting thousands of US troops from military bases, which are threatened by pro-Tehran factions after an American strike killed top Iranian and Iraqi commanders. (Photo by Haidar HAMDANI / AFP) (Photo by HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah movement react with clenched fists as the movement's leader delivers a speech on a screen, in the Lebanese capital Beirut's southern suburbs on January 5, 2020. - The head of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah called on Iraq to free itself of the American "occupation" after top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike in Baghdad. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP) (Photo by ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images)
Iraqi demonstrators block a road with burning tyres in the central shrine city of Najaf, on January 5, 2020, to protest turning the country into an arena for US-Iran conflicts. - Iraq's parliament was expected to vote today on ousting thousands of US troops from military bases, which are threatened by pro-Tehran factions after an American strike killed top Iranian and Iraqi commanders. (Photo by Haidar HAMDANI / AFP) (Photo by HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 5, 2020: Flowers and portraits left outside the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran by mourners in memory of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani; Soleimani was killed in an airstrike by US drones near Baghdad, Iraq, on 3 January 2020, amid rising tensions between Iran and the United States; Iran's diplomatic missions around the world fly flags at half mast to mourn the death of Soleimani. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS (Photo by Anton Novoderezhkin\TASS via Getty Images)
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He added that Americans should be "extremely grateful and happy" with the outcome.

Mr Trump reiterated his position that "Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon" and called for new nuclear negotiations to replace the 2015 nuclear deal from which he withdrew the US.

He also announced he would ask Nato to become "much more involved in the Middle East process".

The president also used his address to speak directly to Iran, saying "we want you to have a future and a great future".

He said the United States is ready to embrace peace and all who seek it.

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