NBC News @NBCNews The leading source of global news and info for more than 75 years. Jun. 21, 2019 1 min read

BREAKING: In tweets, President Trump says US was prepared to retaliate against Iran on 3 sites last night, but when he was advised of potential for “150 people” to be killed, he stopped the strike, saying it would not be proportional to the shooting down of an unmanned US drone.

"I am in no hurry," President Trump added on his decision to cancel retaliatory strikes on Iran last night.

President Trump says of Iran sanctions: "Sanctions are biting & more added last night."

The US government's decision-making on responding to Iran is being done without a Defense secretary, and the acting Defense secretary has been expected to depart that role today after he withdrew from consideration for the permanent role Tuesday.

Two UN Security Council diplomats tell @NBCNews that US has called for consultations on situation in Middle East for Monday; U.S. will brief council on developments with Iran, including presenting further info regarding investigation into recent tanker incidents - @Abs_NBC

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