President Donald Trump on Friday said top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was “terminated” when he was on the verge of attacking US diplomats but he insisted that Washington isn’t seeking to topple Iran’s government.
“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him within the act and terminated him,” Trump said during a statement before television cameras in Florida.
While pertaining to the Iranian military mastermind, killed during a US air raid earlier Friday in Baghdad, as “sick,” Trump attempted to lower tensions by insisting that he doesn’t want war with Iran.
“We took action last night to prevent a war. We didn’t take action to start out a war,” he said, adding: “We don’t seek regime change.”