U.S. President Donald Trump said on June 22 that he will impose more sanctions on Iran, adding that the possibility of military action against Tehran “is always on the table.”
“We are putting additional sanctions on Iran … In some cases, we are going slowly, but in other cases we are moving rapidly,” Trump told reporters at the White House, according to the Reuters news agency.
A day earlier, Trump revealed that he ordered a strike on Iran, but then called it back when he learned that it could lead to a high number of casualties. The alleged strike was supposed to target three Iranian military positions, including an air-defense site responsible for the downing of the U.S. spy drone on June 20.
Despite his renewed threats, Trump told the reporters that he is open to reverse the escalation, and to reach a quick deal with Iran that would “bolster” the country’s flagging economy.
“We will call it ‘Let’s make Iran great again,” Reuters quoted Trump as saying.
Trump departed Washington for the presidential retreat Camp David following his brief meeting with the press. The president said that he would be deliberating on Iran during his stay there.
Iran will not likely accept any talks with the Trump’s administration as it is presenting nothing in exchange for such a step. Furthermore, Tehran apparently has no faith in Washington, which pulled out of the nuclear deal without providing any convincing argument.