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WorldIran calls U.S. drone claim 'big lie,' vows to secure Strait of Hormuz

19:50  24 july  2019
19:50  24 july  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Iran says U.S. may have shot down its own drone by mistake

Iran says U.S. may have shot down its own drone by mistake Iran denied it lost a drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the United States said it had 'destroyed' an Iranian drone that was threatening a U.S. ship. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) by mistake!," Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Twitter. Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted military spokesman Gen.

Iran calls U . S . claim of downed drone a " big lie ," vows to secure Strait of Hormuz itself. By Imtiaz Tyab. Iran ' s Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami dismissed the claims , however, telling reporters Wednesday that when Iran shot down a U . S . drone last month it shared images of the wreckage to

Iran denied again Wednesday that a U . S . warship brought down at least one of its drones in the Persian Gulf last week, CBS News reports. Iran ' s Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami dismissed the claims , however, telling reporters Wednesday that when Iran shot down a U . S . drone last month it

Fujairah, United Arab Emirates -- Iran denied again Wednesday that a U.S. warship brought down at least one of its drones in the Persian Gulf last week. U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told CBS News' David Martin on Tuesday, in an interview aboard the USS Boxer amphibious assault ship, that the vessel took "decisive action" against two Iranian drones.

Iran calls U.S. drone claim 'big lie,' vows to secure Strait of Hormuz© Getty/Handout U.S. Warships Participate In Exercise Ssang Yong 2016

"We are confident we brought down one drone, (and) we may have brought down a second," McKenzie said.  Iran's Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami dismissed the claims, however, telling reporters Wednesday that when Iran shot down a U.S. drone last month it shared images of the wreckage to verify it.

Tensions With Iran Reach the Point of Inevitability

Tensions With Iran Reach the Point of Inevitability Even though both sides insist they don’t want war, the existing tensions, combined with Iran’s anger at being denied the benefits of the nuclear agreement, mean that one miscalculated provocation could lead to a larger conflagration. “We live in a very dangerous environment,” the Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, said Thursday at the United Nations before news of the drone was made public. “The United States has pushed itself and the rest of the world into probably the brink of an abyss.

Iran claims new video proves U . S . did not destroy Iranian drone over Strait of Hormuz . As CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin has reported this week, the U . S . is trying to convince allies to form a flotilla of warships to secure the shipping channel in and out of the Persian

Iran said it shot down the unmanned aircraft in its airspace. The US military has said it was downed over international waters in the strait of Hormuz . “This was an unprovoked attack on a U . S . surveillance asset that had not violated Iranian airspace at any time during its mission,” General

"If someone claims, he should provide evidence," Hatami said, insisting "none of our drones have been intercepted."

The commander of the Iran's elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) echoed the sentiment, challenging U.S. officials to provide any evidence proving their claim to have brought down Iranian drones.

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"I officially declare that no Iranian or IRGC drone has been downed," Major General Hossein Salami told reporters. "I strongly assert that it is a big lie, and we have proved it too. We have proved whatever we have done and enemies should prove their claims as well."

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Iran says President Donald Trump' s claim the US shot down an Iranian drone is false, with one official joking that the US most likely destroyed one of its own by mistake. A map showing the Strait of Hormuz , a narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf where 18.5 million barrels of oil pass through every day.

A top Iranian security official seemed to suggest that was the case later Thursday by warning foreign planes against aggression to its airspace. There is no place in the world more important for the global supply of oil than the Strait of Hormuz and the US has vowed to never allow Iran to prevent open

Who will secure the Strait of Hormuz?

In a sign that the Iranian government could be trying to ease the boiling tensions in the Gulf, Tehran declared Wednesday that Iranian forces intended to secure the Strait of Hormuz to prevent any "disturbance in shipping" through the vital waterway. The narrow Strait is the gateway from the Persian Gulf into the rest of the world's oceans, and about a fifth of the global oil supply passes through it every year. Hours later, the BW Elm, a British-flagged commercial vessel, transited the Strait in the first such passage made by a British ship since Iran seized another U.K.-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero, and its crew last week. Iran seized the Stena just days after vowing an unspecified response to the seizure of its own tanker by British forces off Gibraltar. Tehran has accused Britain of "piracy" over that seizure, but the U.K. says it was done in line with EU sanctions barring the transfer of oil products to Syria.

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Similarly, Iran claimed the U . S . drone on Thursday was over Iranian airspace when it was shot down -- but American officials stated unequivocally the Joseph Guastella, Commander, U . S . Air Forces Central Command said the drone was flying over the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz on a

Trump Says U . S . Navy Shot Down Iranian Drone Near Strait of Hormuz . The president said he’ s calling “on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait .” We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hinted Wednesday at the possibility of a possible ship-for-ship swap to ease the standoff.

"We do not seek continuation of tension with some European countries," Rouhani said. "Should they be committed to international frameworks and give up their wrong actions, including what they did in Gibraltar, they will receive a proportional response from Iran, too, in return for their suitable action."

Maritime publication Lloyd's List said the British warship HMS Montrose shadowed the BW Elm on Wednesday, but did not provide a direct escort. The Royal Navy could not immediately be reached for comment. While declaring itself the unilateral protector of the Strait, along which Iran has more than 1,000 miles of coastline, Tehran also lashed out at the British government's own plan to form an international coalition to protect commercial shipping interests in the Gulf, saying it would only "bring insecurity" to the region.  On Tuesday Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands and France said they were backing the British proposal for a European naval force after Tehran's seizure of the Stena Impero.

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The crumbling nuclear accord

Tension in the Gulf waters was precipitated by a standoff over the fate of the nuclear deal agreed by Tehran and other world powers in 2015. Iran was infuriated by President Trump's decision to unilaterally pull the U.S. out of the agreement signed by his predecessor, and has pressured Europe to offset crippling sanctions re-imposed by the U.S. following the withdrawal.

Ratcheting up that pressure, Iran began openly exceeding the limits on its uranium enrichment set by the accord last month.

Nations still party to the shaky nuclear deal were scheduled to meet this weekend in Austria to try and map out a course to save the agreement.

Meanwhile, the French government has asked Iran to return to compliance with the nuclear deal's terms and take the necessary steps to ensure the de-escalation of tensions in the Gulf. The appeal was made to Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi when he met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

For months Macron has tried but struggled to initiate new direct negotiations between Tehran and Washington to tamp down the spiralling rhetoric in the region.  The European Union said the weekend meeting of China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany would "examine issues linked to the implementation of the (nuclear deal) in all its aspects."

The U.S. hasn't commented on the upcoming summit, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that he was open to negotiations with the White House -- if they did not mean "surrender." It wasn't the first time Rouhani has indicated that he'd be open to talks with Mr. Trump's administration, and the U.S. president has said repeatedly that he'd like to hammer out a new deal with Tehran.  But the decision on whether to return to talks belongs to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who last month said Iran would not repeat what he called the "bitter experience" of negotiating with the United States, after Mr. Trump's reversal of previous policy.

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