Syria and Iran
Emphasizing the need for a “reinvigoration” of the UN-led Syrian peace process and saying that “our shared goals [in Syria] must be the de-escalation of military conflict along with a political solution,” Trump threatened a US military response if Damascus deployed chemical weapons.
“We urge the United Nations-led peace process be reinvigorated, but rest assured the United States will respond if chemical weapons are deployed by the Assad regime,” he said.
Targeting Tehran over its assistance to Syria in its fight against terrorism, Trump said that “any solution to the humanitarian crisis in Syria must also include a strategy to address the corrupt dictatorship in Iran.” This, he said, included working with other countries to reduce the purchases of oil from Iran. “We will ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues,” Trump noted.
Recalling his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year, Trump noted that the US has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny Iran the resources for its regional behavior in Syria and Yemen, and promised further sanctions after energy-related restrictions are introduced in November.
Praising cooperation between the US and its Gulf allies, Trump said this cooperation, together with the efforts of the US military, contributed to Daesh’s* military defeat. “Thanks to the United States military, and our partnership with many…