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president trump: iran appears to be standing down. t to dialtrump seeks down tensions with i iran and wants that o2 take a bigger role in the middle east. ♪ peter: hello and welcome. jazeera liveng al from know-how. questions remain on what caused the crash of an aircraft in iran. 176 people were killed, including dozens of canadians.
>> i want to express my deepest who areces -- toto those mourning the loss of loved ones. peter: and how russia stands to benefit from a new gas pipeline through turkey. peter: our top story, u.s. president donald trump says iran appears to be standing down after series of airstrikes on iraqi military bases hosting u.s. forces. the strikes were in retaliation to the assassination of the top whoian commander soleimani was killed on friday. mr. trump said he will be imposing new sanctions on tehran until it changes its behavior. our correspondent has the latest. reporter: with the u.s. and iran edging dangerously to war, gave not trump
indication that the united states intends to strike back, hours after iranian missile attacks on two bases used by the u.s. military in iraq. president trump: we suffered no casualties. andof our soldiers are safe only minimal damage was sustained at our military basis. reporter: it was a stark contrast to the president's threats of retaliation without hesitation that have dominated his twitter feed in recent days. instead, flanked top advisors and generals, trump made a surprising suggestion, that members of nato -- >> to become much more involved in the middle east process. reporter: it was an astonishing claim from a president who once called nato obsolete. he also encouraged u.s. partners and allies to abandon the jcpoa, an agreement put in place in 2015 by world powers to limit iran's nuclear program.
>> we must all work together toward making a deal with iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place. however, trump did announce new sanctions would be coming, without giving specifics. he also left open the possibility of diplomacy. speaking directly to our branch leaders, he insists that the united states desires for iran -- prosperityfuture of at home and harmony with the nations of the world. the united states is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it. reporter: but missing from the president speech, evidence that the u.s. killing of the iranian general was justified and necessary to prevent imminent attack on americans. evidence opposition democrats are demanding from the trump administration. ,lso absent, a clear strategy
something the administration has promised to provide in those door briefings on wednesday to members of congress, including top republicans. >> iran didn't just take and offer them, they took a u-turn, because they know they have no capability to fight against america. >> based on the presentation that was made, it does not meet what i consider to be an imminent threat. reporter: for president trump chooses to respond by sending even more soldiers to the middle east, he breaks a major campaign promise to pull the united states out of what he once called it's forever war. live now to washington, john, walk us through the main takeaways here. the president said that arend was standing down from this conflict, but it also seems a president and his administration were also gratefully stepping back from the brink of confrontation that could have been very costly.
both sides in the confrontation said they did not want a war, and it seems that after this attack by the iranians, which did not result in any casualties , and there are reports that they deliberately did not target where individuals were, after that, it seems to have subsided for now, but this conflict keeps re-erupting. we have been reporting that not iranians possibly strategically not targeting individuals at the sprawling bases, but also that the u.s. had warning hours ahead of time and everyone was wearing their armor kit, they were hunkered down in predesignated places. strike,less, after that you had a lot of criticism of the trump administration because the strike came in retaliation to the killing of cost him and reported what
the evidence was. most democrats seem to walk away saying there was no evidence of an imminent threat and there were even a couple of republicans who felt the same way. one of them was mike lee, and here's what he had to say. expected toed and receive more information outlining the legal, factual, and moral justification for the attack. i was left somewhat unsatisfied on that front, which i will add was probably the worst briefing i've seen on a military issue in the nine years i have served in the united states senate. what i found so distressing about that briefing was that one of the messages we received from the brief verse was, do not debate, do not discuss the issue of the appropriateness of further military intervention against iran. and if you do, you will be emboldening iran. >> is he also laying the
foundations -- clearly he wants all the european countries to say yes, we agree with you, mr. bad deal and is dead and buried. clearly there are several european countries who believe there's something there we can build a framework around. lobbing to russia, the united kingdom, france and germany, saying they should get out of this agreement and he should come up with a new agreement with them that would allow iran to, in his words, prosper. the administration is somewhat at odds with the european governments because they still want to help iran along economically, whereas the president announced new sanctions and those with theoretically target a broad array of financial institutions and people, but they would be largely symbolic, a lot of analysts are saying. the reason is the u.s. is already levied so many sanctions against iran and there are even
secondary sanctions. that would prevent another country from doing business with those sanctioned entities in iran. the president has been squeezing the $440 billion economy since pulling out of that nuclear deal in 2015. and it seems to be working, to some extent. that economy is expected to shrink by 9.5% and inflation looks to be nearing 30%. peter: john, good to talk to you as ever. president rouhani has had some strong words for the united not commit another crime even if it is a threat that they would receive -- receive decisive action from the armed forces. and we had the supreme leader making a rare live broadcasting. broadcast to speak
to followers. he said that yesterday's missile attack was a slap in the face for the united states, but military action alone was not , but we've also had response to the nato secretary-general who condemned the strike against u.s. forces. saying the attacks were legal and there was nothing in the region except for destruction and instability. the foreign office spokesman of a tool sonego had become to justify u.s. crime and terrorism. so there is still strong language coming out of iran, despite donald trump saying that iran is standing down.
they are trying to appease public opinion here, people have been out in the streets over the last few days asking for revenge over the assassination of soleimani. peter: addressing down for what he considered their muted response to the killing of soleimani. >> remember donald trump has a checkered history with nato, once calling them obsolete. frequently railing against its members, calling on them to take on a greater share of the cost for their own defense in the collective coffers of nato. now i think he will see nato alongside european powers is having disappointed the administration. mike pompeo said as much, failing to full throated lee support the actions last week against soleimani. an opportunity in this address to give everyone a sort of dressing down, naming and
shaming. and in nato's case, presumably to take up some of the burden with a rack, opening the door for the u.s. possibly to draw down its forces. we know that is something donald thep is keen to do and that iraqi parliament is keen for him to do. insidethree rockets fell the heavily fortified green which houses government buildings and foreign missions, causing fire, according to iraqi police sources. the other major story revolving out of iran is the crash of that ukrainian passenger plane. it was a boeing 737. it went down shortly after takeoff from tehran, killing all 176 passengers and crew. among them, 63 canadians. >> the passengers and crew did not stand a chance. minutes after takeoff, the ukrainian international flight
from tehran to kyiv went down in a city suburb. recovery teams picked through what was left of the plane and people's lives. most of the dead are iranian. or than 60 canadians were also killed. many reportedly students returning from vacation. was less than 800 four years old and had been recently serviced. video on social media shows like hurtling to the ground and then a fireball. i rating officials say there was no distress call. fortunately, it didn't crash in a residential area, but the wreckage was scattered around in a large radius. nobody has survived. this mother and father had been waiting for their son to arrive. >> my son is a senior flight
attendant. my daughter called at 6:15 this morning to say that in the u.s., they were reporting that a plane had crashed. i international airlines flight. >> ukraine has canceled all flights over iran. originallyure was blamed for the crash but was later removed from the statement. until the causes of the crash become clear. >> there are heightened tensions across the region following a u.s. drone strike that killed the top iranian general soleimani. iran civil aviation authority said it will not give the black forfight recorder to boeing analysis. it is not clear which country iran will send the box to. the really do tick all the
boxes is a very good airline, but i believe it will be mechanical or possibly a terrorist act. it is too hard to tell at this stage. >> the crash is a major setback for boeing, which struggle to regain trust after the grounding of its max aircraft following two fatal crashes within five months. the boeing 737 is one of the most popular aircraft in the sky, with a good safety record. investigators must now determine how and why so many lives ended here. peter: the canadian prime minister justin trudeau gave a news conference about the crash just a few hours ago. he said canada does expect to have a role in the investigation. justrainian airlines plane landed in toronto from kiev. according to the airline, there were 138 passengers who were not on that flight because they died in the crash.
this somber day comes in the wake of deeply concerning events in iraq. canada condemns the missile attacks launched by iran last night. i am relieved, as are all canadians, that all personnel deployed in iraq are safe. he says canada is seeking more answers from the investigation. let's not forget that more than half of the passengers on that plane were bound for this country. 63 of them full-blown canadian citizens. others may have been on their way to citizenship or students and researchers with student visas and work freezers. this is not something the government can take lightly, least of all because it is such a tragedy for so many canadian families and communities. we are hearing all sorts of reports from around the country
of canadians who died in this. they were real estate agents, dentists, there were two married engineering professors from the university of alberta and edmonton in western canada. they and their two young daughters died. the government is keenly aware it needs to get to the bottom of this. justin trudeau said they were not ruling out anything when they were looking into this. they offered canada's help with the investigation and called repeatedly and firmly for a thorough investigation. when asked about arendt's refusal to submit the black box to boeing or u.s. authorities, mr. trudeau said he hopes other countries would involve canada in their aspect of the investigation, were they to become involved. he did say it is an iranian led investigation and they will reach out to talk about it. canada and iran do not have diplomatic relations, they were broken off in 2012 by previous government, but mr. trudeau said they can work through allies and
eventually directly with the iranian government. they need to get to the bottom of it and bring some sort of closure to the people who are grieving. peter: still to come on al jazeera -- on the run. carlos cohen said he fled japan fled tos ghosn said he pan because he was the victim of a conspiracy. peter: welcome back, you're watching al jazeera. these are the top stories. u.s. president donald trump said arendt appears to be standing down. he also propose further sanctions on iran, several hours after arendt lost -- launched missiles at bases hosting u.s. forces. three rockets reported fell inside the heavily fortified
green zone which houses government buildings and foreign missions. passenger aircraft has crashed moments after takeoff. board wereple on killed. to the situation in iran and arete, president trump announced nato and eu should take a more prominent role in the middle east. robert hunter is a former u.s. ambassador to nato. he said he is not expecting more from the military alliance. >> several countries have been involved anyway. the british and the french have and angaged in syria number of allies in iraq. we have to remember that after 9/11, the attacks on the united states 17 or 18 years ago, every single ally sent troops with the nato forces in afghanistan because people were worried
america might worry about afghanistan and not be concerned about nato in europe. so i suspect, given what mr. , there will bed an effort to get a bit more nato engagement in the middle east, but frankly i don't expect to see it happen unless mr. trump gives ironclad statements about the united states loves nato, the united states is firmly committed to nato. which so far he has not been willing to do. nato works to a great extent because virtually all the allies are on the same page. in the cold war and even today with a couple of outliers, turkey being the most important, there are certain common ideas, common traditions. none of that exists in the middle east. you are never going to get all of those countries working together, certainly not if you're not prepared to include israel, as many of them are, and
certainly not if you don't find a way to depressurized relations with iran and get iran engaged. denying -- ghosn carlos made claims during -- ghosn maintained his innocence of the charges against him. >> it's his first public appearance since he jumped bail and escape from japan, the former nissan and renault chief carlos ghosn arrived in beirut over a week ago. his case has brought international attention. many are waiting for the businessman to just -- disclose details of how he reaches country of origin, but ghosn used the news conference to reiterate his innocence. toit is important for me emphasize that i'm not above the law and i would like the
opportunity for the truth to come out and to have my name vindicated in my reputation restored. i did not escape justice. i've fled injustice and persecution, political persecution. >> ghosn was under strict house arrest when he fled. he says he did so because he didn't believe he would get a fair trial. japan's judicial system has been criticized by human rights groups. ghosn says conditions during his detention were harsh and he was denied access to loggers in his family. -- turkished to have authorities have made arrests. an international fugitive, but carlos ghosn is not being treated as a criminal by lebanon's authorities. they say he entered the country illegally.
the justice minister confirms lebanon received the interpol -- at the same time he stressed lebanon and japan don't have an extradition treaty. >> ghosn has been summoned by lebanon's state prosecutor. it seems tokyo officials have few options. >> even if the extradition treaty exists, the decision to hand someone over is in the hands of the lebanese authorities. >> japan has also issued an arrest warrant to his wife were giving false testimony. i am proud to be lebanese. and lebanon is the only country in the world that stood by my side. >> the businessman turned fugitive doesn't hide his confidence. in his words, he is ready to lebanon.ng time in
in return for information on a criminal inquiry, he denies any wrongdoing. turkey and russia have called for cease-fire in libya to be implemented by this sunday. the announcement came shortly arganvladimir putin ask -- erdogan about a pipeline. >> the leaders of turkey and russia used the opening of the major gas pipeline to highlight improved relations between the two countries. the strategic project offers an alternate route for russian gas to be delivered to europe via bykey was overshadowed events elsewhere. the assassinatation of an art -- iranian military commander by the u.s. and a missile attack on
by. bases by arete, both -- iran. no one has a right to put the whole region into a new circle of fire. all possible not to allow the region to be drawn in blood and tears. says turkeyputin and russia are giving a good example. >> we are living in a very difficult time. facing agion, we are situation that can fuel tensions , but russia and turkey are showing a very different example. >> but their body language at a meeting earlier in the day made it clear not all is good between the two leaders. behind the smiles and handshakes , there are some big differences between the two nations.
turkey is sending troops to tripoli. both nationsk that will be confronting each other face-to-face. turkey has accused russian mercenaries of fighting alongside a general who has launched an offensive on the capital, tripoli. they urged all parties involved in the war in libya to commit to a cease-fire starting on january 12 so a peace process take place. for the syrian city of idlib, there was no such call. hundreds of thousands of syrians have been displaced in the last weeks alone, after russian and syrian troops increase their operations in the last rebel held province. all the turkish president has raised concerns about the influx of refugees, he did not get a commitment from putin to stop the fighting there. russia and turkey have
launched a pipeline project which will help funnel gas to europe but allows moscow to bypass ukraine. the pipeline starts in a southern russian town and runs more than 900 kilometers deep under the black sea. half of it will be delivered to southern europe, servicing up to 3% of the eu's current needs. russia already supplies about 40% of rush -- of europe's gas. it helps russia bypass supply lines through ukraine which now faces losing millions in mass transit fees. spain's socialist leader has been sworn in as prime minister a day after he secured backing for the first coalition government in decades. he's expected to ask his cabinet next week to
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