United States President Donald Trump has contested Iran’s claims that 80 American military personnel were killed in the missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing US military and coalition forces.
At a press briefing in the White House, Trump said the US suffered no casualties and its bases suffered minimal damages.
“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” the president added.
Trump further said Iran will never be allowed to have nuclear weapons, promising harsher sanctions unless the Tehran government changes its behaviour.
“The United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime,” Trump said.
However, Iraq’s President Barham Saleh has condemned the attack, saying he feared “dangerous developments” in the region.
Iran fired a number of missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US troops and coalition forces on Wednesday. Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, said the attack was a “slap in the face” for the United States in apparent retaliation for the killing of Qassem Soleimani.