U.S. requests UN Security Council meeting on Iran – diplomats

UNITED NATIONS, USA – The United States has requested a closed-door United Nations Security Council meeting on Iran and the latest developments in the Gulf, diplomats said Friday, June 22.

The discussions would touch on both the recent attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf and the Iranian downing of a US spy drone, a diplomat said on condition of anonymity. (READ: Iran 'categorically rejects' U.S. tanker attack allegations)

Another diplomat told Agence France-Presse the meeting would take place Monday afternoon.

President Donald Trump said Friday he had planned air strikes on Iranian targets after Tehran shot down a US reconnaissance drone, but opted at the last minute to scrap the operation because it was not a "proportionate" response. (READ: Iran says shot down U.S. drone over its territory)

Washington also has accused Iran of responsibility for carrying out attacks on tankers in the congested shipping lanes heading out of the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz.

Tehran denies any involvement. – Rappler.com