United States President Donald Trump says Iran appears to be “standing down” and no Americans have been harmed in ballistic missile strikes on two Iraqi bases housing US troops.
Speaking for the first time since Iran’s attack, Mr Trump opened up his White House address shortly after 11.30am on Wednesday (local time) saying, “As long as I’m President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon”.
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In This Story: Iran
Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.
Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.
The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.