Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted about the retaliation on US forces in Iraq, and within minutes, President Donald Trump appeared to respond.
"Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched," Zarif tweeted.
Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from whi… https://t.co/9borI5dFIK— Javad Zarif (@Javad Zarif) 1578450752.0
"We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression," he added.
The president appeared to accept the offer of de-escalation in a tweet posted just 13 minutes later.
"All is well!" Trump tweeted. "Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good!"
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages… https://t.co/5OSmLxzhin— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1578451524.0
'We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning," he added.
Earlier on Tuesday the White House had announced that the president would be making a statement about the retaliation from Iran, but that was later cancelled.
Some reports indicated that Iran was threatening to strike US allies, including Israel, if the president ordered a counterstrike. Fox News' Bret Baier noted that Iran avoided larger targets that could have been struck easier.
Here's more about the Iranian retaliation:
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