Trump: We imposed toughest ever sanctions on Iran
The US President said that his administration has imposed “toughest ever” sanctions on Iran as he sought to justify recent Washington actions against Tehran.
Iran Press/America: During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump claimed that his decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on the country has put immense pressure on Iran and slowed its ability to obtain a nuclear weapon.
According to Iran Press, Trump made the remark despite the fact that US intelligence agencies, and Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats, just a few days ago, concluded in a public assessment this year that "Iran is not currently undertaking nuclear weapons-development activities."
Toughest ever sanctions
“My administration has acted decisively to confront Iran,” Trump claimed Tuesday night in front of US Congress. “To ensure Iran never acquires nuclear weapons, I withdrew the United States from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal. And last fall, we put in place the toughest sanctions ever imposed on a country,” he added.
Trump however refrain to say his unilateral sanctions against Iran have never been authorized by the United Nations, and therefore, they are illegal under international law.
"We will not avert our eyes!": Trump threatens Iran
Donald Trump also made a veiled threat against Iran. In his State of the Union address, he claimed: "We will not avert our eyes from Iran that chants Death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish People."
US President Donald Trump has delivered his second State of the Union address after it had been postponed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for almost two weeks over the government shutdown.
Trump attacks "partisan investigations"
Speaking in the chamber of the House of Representatives, Trump once again said that he would build a wall along the US border with Mexico to prevent immigrants, whom he called “criminals,” from crossing into the US.
In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall -- but the proper wall never got built. I will get it built.”
Trump also encouraged unity between legislative and executive branches of the government at a moment of deep partisan division, calling for a new era of compromise on immigration and security in his address.
At the same time, he also warned that Democratic efforts to investigate his administration would endanger the US economy.
"An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations," he said.
Second summit with Kim Jong-Un
Trump officially announced his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying it will be held in late February in Vietnam.
"If I had not been elected President of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea with potentially millions of people killed. Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one. And Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.”
America looking for a political solution in Afghanistan?
Trump also said that he has sped up talks with the Taliban group, claiming that the two sides are able to find a political solution to the crisis in Afghanistan.
"I have also accelerated our negotiations to reach a political settlement in Afghanistan. Our troops have fought with unmatched valor -- and thanks to their bravery, we are now able to pursue a political solution to this long and bloody conflict.”
"We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement – but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least a try for peace," he said.
Trump also claimed victory against ISIS terrorists in Syria on December 19, announcing that he was planning to pull out some 2,000 US troops from the conflict-torn Arab country.
Trump, nevertheless, seemingly gave in to pressure to slow down the troops pullout two weeks later, granting the US military up to four months to withdraw.
Trade talks with China will end Beijing’s "theft" of US jobs
Trump said that US' aggressive trade talks with China would put an end to what he described as Beijing’s "theft" of American jobs and wealth.
"We are now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries, and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end," said the president. 101/ 211 / 205