Trump warns Iran faces 'obliteration' if conflict breaks out

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Trump warns Iran faces 'obliteration' if conflict breaks out

'Let's Make Iran Great Again': Trump appeals to Tehran to come to the table but vows to stop the mullahs obtaining a nuclear weapon and warns the country faces total 'obliteration' if conflict break out

  • Speaking ahead of his trip to Camp David, the president said he did not want to go to war and did not want to kill any Iranians unless 'absolutely necessary' 
  • Trump said he stepped back from launching attacks at the last minute on Friday 
  • POTUS said Friday he was ready to attack the sites Thursday night but he called off the strikes after learning the assault would kill an estimated 150 people 
  • Speaking to NBC late Friday, Trump said the United States does not want a war but warned Iran it would face 'obliteration' if conflict broke out
  • Asked if a deal could be made, Trump said: 'We could have a deal very quickly if they want to do it. It's up to them' before adding 'let's make Iran great again'

President Trump has vowed to to prevent Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon - a day after he warned the country it faced total 'obliteration' if conflict broke out.

'We're not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon,' Trump told reporters outside the White House as he prepared to depart for Camp David for meetings on the situation with Iran, which downed a US drone earlier this week.  

Asked whether a deal could now be made, Trump said: 'We could have a deal with them very quickly if they want to do it. It's up to them.' 

'When they agree to that, they're going to have a wealthy country. They're going to be so happy, and I'm going to be their best friend. I hope that happens.'

'Let's make Iran great again,' he added.

Speaking ahead of his trip to Camp David, the president answered a series of questions on Iran where he said he did not want to go to war and did not want to kill any Iranians unless 'absolutely necessary'

Speaking ahead of his trip to Camp David, the president answered a series of questions on Iran where he said he did not want to go to war and did not want to kill any Iranians unless 'absolutely necessary' 

Trump disclosed Friday that he called off a US military strike on Iran at the last minute, saying it would be a disproportionate response to Thursday's downing of the unmanned US aircraft over the Strait of Hormuz.

'Everyone was saying I'm a war-monger, and now they say I'm a dove,' Trump said Saturday as he was peppered with questions about the Iran drama.

'I think I am neither, if you want to know the truth. I'm a man with common sense, and that's what we need in this country, is common sense.'

The president also revealed he planned to impose further sanctions against Iran in an effort to stop Tehran from obtaining the potentially devastation weapons, adding that military action was still a possibility.

'We are putting additional sanctions on Iran,' Trump said. 'In some cases we are going slowly, but in other cases we are moving rapidly.' 

The president said military action 'is always on the table' against Iran.

But Trump also indicated he was open to reversing the escalation, adding he was willing to quickly reach a deal with Iran that he said would bolster the country's flagging economy.

The president also revealed he planned to impose further sanctions against Iran in an effort to stop Tehran from obtaining the potentially devastation weapons, adding that military action was still a possibility

The president also revealed he planned to impose further sanctions against Iran in an effort to stop Tehran from obtaining the potentially devastation weapons, adding that military action was still a possibility

'We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it,' he said in tweets, 'not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone'

'We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it,' he said in tweets, 'not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone'

Speaking about his decision to NBC on Friday evening, Trump said the US was open to renewed talks with Iran but the possibility of them developing nuclear weapons was out of the question.  

And warned Iran that if conflict does come, there will be 'obliteration like you've never seen before,' before adding 'but I'm not looking to do that,' the president told NBC's Chuck Todd for 'Meet the Press.'

Trump said Friday he was ready to attack the sites on Thursday night but he called off the strikes after learning the assault would kill an estimated 150 innocent people.

'We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it,' he said in tweets, 'not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.' 

The president gave further insight into his tough decision not to launch attacks against the Iranian sites, adding: 'I didn't like it. I didn't think it was proportionate.'

Tensions have continued to surmount between the two countries, with the US accusing Iran of attack oil tankers in the region, after Iran announced it would soon exceed international agreed limits on its nuclear programme (Iran says the above are debris from a downed US drone recovered inside its territorial waters)

Tensions have continued to surmount between the two countries, with the US accusing Iran of attack oil tankers in the region, after Iran announced it would soon exceed international agreed limits on its nuclear programme (Iran says the above are debris from a downed US drone recovered inside its territorial waters)

'I thought about it for a second and I said, you know what, they shot down an unmanned drone, plane, whatever you want to call it, and here we are sitting with 150 dead people that would have taken place probably within a half an hour after I said go ahead,' he told NBC.

Tehran claimed that it had received a warning via the Gulf state of Oman that an attack was imminent and that Trump wanted to talk to Iran directly. There was no confirmation of that claim from the US.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman James Risch, who witnessed Trump's intense deliberation over whether to attack the Iranian sites, said Trump is a president who  'doesn't want to go to war.'

'I really watched him agonize over this. It comes down to one man,' Risch told CNN.

The purported wreckage of the American drone is seen displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps

The purported wreckage of the American drone is seen displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps

The purported wreckage of the American drone is seen displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps

The purported wreckage of the American drone is seen displayed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps

How Trump is using the same language he used for North Korea on Iran

Trump's tactic of using the language of maximum pressure while goading his foe’s leaders into joining him at the negotiating table worked well with North Korea. 

The same strategy has so far failed to entice Tehran to the same table, with tensions continuing to heighten between the two powerful nations. 

However, his most recent remarks show Trump is willing to use the language of friendship unpinned by the threat of force to reach Iranian leaders.

He said Saturday, ahead of his trip to Camp David: 'We could have a deal with them very quickly if they want to do it. It's up to them.

'When they agree to that, they're going to have a wealthy country. They're going to be so happy, and I'm going to be their best friend. I hope that happens.'

Adding that while there were no pre-conditions for US talks with Tehran: 'You can't have nuclear weapons. And if you want to talk about it, good. Otherwise, you can live in a shattered economy for a long time to come.'

Tensions have continued to surmount between the two countries, with the US accusing Iran of attack oil tankers in the region, after Iran announced it would soon exceed international agreed limits on its nuclear programme.

The announcement comes after the US last year pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal - brokered by the Obama-administration - which was aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear activities. 

The US has now asked the UN Security Council to meet on Monday to discuss Iran. 

'We have additional avenues of sanctions pressure to impose. We have got additional sanctions for sure,' a senior administration official said, according to CNN.

'I would not say that the President is thinking about military options. The primary thing we're thinking about is additional sanctions.'

This official cautioned, however, that the President has not taken military action entirely off the table. 'That's an option the President maintains at all times,' said this official, adding 'that's really the President's call.'

Trump said there were no pre-conditions for US talks with Tehran.

'You can't have nuclear weapons,' Trump said. 'And if you want to talk about it, good. Otherwise, you can live in a shattered economy for a long time to come.'

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