In News: Donald Trump announces highest sanctions but says won't strike Iran

Trump says no to military strike on Iran
  • The U.S. military is working with Saudi Arabia to find ways to provide more protection for the northern part of the country.
  • The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Trump as he considers how to respond to Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.
  • *The Pentagon is the headquarters building of the United States Department of Defense
  • S. president will be presented with a list of potential airstrike targets inside Iran, among other possible responses, and he also will be warned that military action against the Islamic Republic could escalate into war.
  • The national security meeting will likely be the first opportunity for a decision on how the U.S. should respond to the attack on a key Middle East ally.
  • Any decision may depend on what kind of evidence the U.S. and Saudi investigators are able to provide proving that the cruise missile and drone strike was launched by Iran.
  • Iran has denied involvement and warned the U.S. that any attack will spark an all-out war with immediate retaliation from Tehran.
  • Trump will review the facts, and make a decision about next steps.
  • The USA is going to defend its interest in the region, and it will stand with the allies.
  • The U.S. response could involve military, political and economic actions, and the military options could range from no action at all to airstrikes or less visible moves such as cyber-attacks.
  • One likely move would be for the U.S. to provide additional military support to help Saudi Arabia defend itself from attacks from the north since most of its defenses have focused on threats from Houthis in Yemen to the south.
  • Officials are trying to determine if they can get navigational information from cruise missile and drone debris that could provide hard evidence that the strikes came from Iran.
  • In June, after Iran shot down an American surveillance drone, Mr. Trump initially endorsed a retaliatory military strike then abruptly called it off because he said it would have killed dozens of Iranians. The decision underscores the president’s long-held reluctance to embroil the country in another war in the Middle East.
  • Instead, Mr. Trump opted to have U.S. military cyber forces carry out a strike against military computer systems used by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to control rocket and missile launchers.
  • The U.S. military is working with Saudi Arabia to find ways to provide more protection for the northern part of the country.
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