Donald Trump, the United States President has on Friday confirmed that his country’s military was ready to attack Iran after Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down an American drone on Thursday.

According to Trump in a tweet, the US was “cocked & loaded to retaliate” last night, adding that he stopped the strike since it would have led to a disproportionate number of casualties.

Trump said he asked his military advisors how many people would die in a US retaliatory action on Iran. “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,” Donald Trump said.

With his tweets, Trump confirmed a US media report from earlier today that said the US had prepared to attack Iran but held off at the last moment.

On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have been rising since last year when Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, informally known as the Iran nuclear deal.

Under the deal, signed between Iran, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, Germany and the European Union, Iran was offered financial assistance and a reprieve from earlier economic sanctions.

In return, Iran agreed to restrict its nuclear power programme and open it up for international scrutiny. The goal of the deal was to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Donald Trump, however, has been a strong opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, signed under his predecessor Barack Obama. Trump underscored his opposition to the deal in his tweets on Friday.

“President Obama made a desperate and terrible deal with Iran… Gave them a free path to Nuclear Weapons… I terminated deal… and imposed strong sanctions,” Trump said, referring to his 2018 decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose economic sanctions on Tehran.

Death to America. I terminated deal, which was not even ratified by Congress, and imposed strong sanctions. They are a much weakened nation today than at the beginning of my Presidency, when they were causing major problems throughout the Middle East. Now they are Bust!….

Trump stated further that because of his decisions, Iran is a “much weakened nation today”.

“On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters

,” Trump said. “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights [sic] when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it…”

Trump ended his tweet-thread with a hint that the US hadn’t completely ruled out military action against Iran. “I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”