Report: Aides Dissuaded Trump From Attacking Iran

Iran Threatens 'Crushing Response' to Any Attack

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In a White House meeting last Thursday, President Trump asked top aides if there were military options to strike Iran's main nuclear facility, Natanz, before he leaves office.

According to the New York Times, those aides, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, warned the president that any attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would likely spark a larger conflict.

The president's request came a few days after the United Nations nuclear monitoring organization reported that Iran had significantly increased its store of enriched uranium.

The Times further reported that those who left the meeting believed that a strike against Iran was "off the table." However, other options might exist, such as a cyber attack on Iranian nuclear facilities or an attack on Iran-affiliated militias in Iraq.

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Iran quickly issued a violent threat against the US.

A government spokesman said, “Any action against the Iranian nation would certainly face a crushing response,” Reuters reported.

Iran consistently makes belligerent statements but rarely follows through on them. The US’s execution of master Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani was met with a weak military response from Iran against US troops in Iraq.

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