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Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET

President Trump says he called off a Thursday strike on Iran ordered as retaliation for Iran's having shot down a U.S. drone. Trump said he canceled the attack shortly before it was to begin, after he was told 150 people would very likely be killed.

"We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die," Trump said in a series of tweets Friday.

Updated at 3 p.m. ET

Hours after Iran announced that it had shot down a U.S. drone, President Trump told journalists at the White House, "You'll soon find out" if the U.S. is planning a strike on Iran in retaliation.

"They're going to find out they made a very big mistake," Trump added, in comments that came as he met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But Trump also said he suspects that Iran's taking out the drone was not intentional, saying he finds it hard to believe.

The Defense Department announced it is deploying 1,000 more U.S. troops to the Middle East "for defensive purposes" amid growing tensions with Iran.

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Monday in a statement that the action, meant to address air, naval, and ground-based threats, comes after "a request from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) for additional forces."

The Trump administration has blamed Iran for a series of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

The U.S. reimposed a round of sanctions against Iran that went into effect early Tuesday, a move the Trump administration hopes will further damage the Iranian economy and force concessions from Tehran on a number of fronts.

Ohio U.S. Sentators Rob Portman, left, and Sherrod Brown.
Ideastream

Ohio's Senators are taking opposite sides after President Trump announced Tuesday he would back out of an agreement meant to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. 

Updated at 6:36 p.m. ET

President Trump announced Tuesday that he has decided to exit a 2015 multinational agreement in which Iran agreed to limit its production of nuclear weapons material.

"I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal," Trump said.

He said the U.S. will reimpose economic sanctions that were lifted as part of the U.S. commitments made in the deal.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recertified Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal late Monday, but senior administration officials emphasized that Tehran is a dangerous threat to both U.S. interests and Middle East stability.

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will continue to waive some sanctions against Iran, a key aspect of the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and five other world powers.

Under the terms of the deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. But those sanctions waivers need to be periodically renewed, and today was the first deadline to fall during President Trump's term.

Setting the Scene: US - Iran Relations

Jul 27, 2015
Yagasi / Wikimedia

10am

Nuclear talks between The United States and Iran came to an end earlier this month. While the deal that was made still faces scrutiny, it brings the last 12 years of tension between Iran and the West to a more stable place. This hour, a look at the history of relations between Iran and the United States all the way to the recent nuclear deal.

Setting the Scene: US - Iran Relations

Jul 23, 2015
Yagasi / Wikipedia

Nuclear talks between The United States and Iran came to an end earlier this month. While the deal that was made still faces scrutiny, it brings the last 12 years of tension between Iran and the West to a more stable place. This hour, a look at the history of relations between Iran and the United States all the way to the recent nuclear deal.

The United States and five world powers have reached a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.

As we've reported, the deal puts restrictions on Iran's nuclear program and also sets up an inspections regime that aims to make sure Iran is meeting its obligations. In exchange, the U.S. and its European partners have agreed to drop tough sanctions, allowing Iran to sell more oil and rejoin international financial systems.

The Framework for a Deal with Iran

Apr 7, 2015

10am Last week, the United States and five other world powers--the "P5+1"--unveiled a framework for an agreement with Iran over the latter's nuclear program. The deadline for a final agreement is June 30. Critics in Congress and elsewhere say the deal is not enough, but President Obama and supporters say that the framework is very exacting, and the only alternative to conflict. Meanwhile, many Iranians celebrated the news, looking forward to economic normalization after years of sanctions. This hour we look at the details of the framework and discuss the differing opinions on it.

A Framework for a Deal with Iran

Apr 7, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry continues nuclear negotiation talks with Iran
Wikimedia Commons

Last week, the United States and five other world powers–the “P5+1″–unveiled a framework for an agreement with Iran over the latter’s nuclear program. The deadline for a final agreement is June 30. Critics in Congress and elsewhere say the deal is not enough, but President Obama and supporters say that the framework is very exacting, and the only alternative to conflict. 

10am Yemen is in turmoil, as various factions are entangled in a civil war. In February, US embassy staff were evacuated. This month, the order came for the withdrawal of around 100 US special forces--the last official American presence in the country. This hour, we hear the latest from inside Yemen and discuss the complicated role that Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the US play in the chaos and in regional conflicts. Guests

Ohio’s U.S. Senators Spar Over Letter To Iran

Mar 12, 2015
Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman
U.S. Senate

Ohio’s Rob Portman is one of 47 GOP senators who signed an unprecedented letter to Iran this week. And Ohio’s Democratic senator says he’s flabbergasted.

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