Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he called off a planned military strike against Iran because it would have been a disproportionate response to Tehran's downing of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone, adding that more sanctions have been imposed.
"We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights (sic) when I asked, how many will die," Trump wrote in a series of morning tweets. "150 people, sir, was the answer from a General.
"10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry."
Trump said U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran were having an effect and, without mentioning details, said more were added Thursday night.
Iranian officials told Reuters on Friday that Tehran had received a message from Trump warning that a U.S. attack on Iran was imminent but that he was against war and wanted to talk.