US President Donald Trump says the war between the United States and Iran will not last long, downplaying warnings by experts that any military confrontation between the two countries would turn into a large conflict.
Speaking to Fox News in an interview that was aired Wednesday, Trump said he was trying to avoid war with Iran but in case a war broke out it would not involve ground forces.
“It wouldn’t last very long, I can tell you that,” he said during the wide-ranging interview.
“I’m not talking boots on the ground,” Trump added. “I’m not talking, we’re going to send a million soldiers. I’m just saying if something would happen, it wouldn’t last very long.”
The American head of state also defended his decision last week to call off alleged military strikes against Iran, after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down an intruding US spy drone in its airspace over the Persian Gulf last Thursday.
“I’ve been very nice to them,” he said. “They shot down our drone. I decided not to kill a lot of Iranians. I know a lot of Iranians. I like Iranians so much, and that plays into your decision, too. They’re human beings. They’re people. I didn’t want to kill 150 people.”
Trump claimed after the downing of the RQ-4A drone that he had called off US strikes on three different Iranian sites 10 minutes before they were planned to be launched.
Instead, Washington proceeded to add a series of bizarre sanctions to a series of bans it said it had planned to announce long before.
The new sanctions targeted Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and senior military commanders. The Trump administration is also set to introduce sanctions against Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the coming days.
The sanctions and the threats of war have failed to change Iran’s resolve to defend itself.