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

12:01  19 july  2019
12:01  19 july  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Tehran said the unarmed Global Hawk surveillance drone was on a spy mission over its territory but Washington said it was shot down over international airspace. “I think probably Iran made a mistake – I would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake in shooting that drone down

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 . The US pulled out of the deal in May 2018, and relations between the two states have become increasingly frosty since then.

Iran denied Friday 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.

"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.

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.

provocation, shot down what the U . S . military said was an unarmed and unmanned U . S . RQ-4A Global the Iranian shootdown of an American drone may have not been intentional, but a " mistake " by Iran continued to maintain that the American drone indeed violated its airspace and made no

On June 20, 2019, Iran ' s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' s (IRGC) shot down a United States RQ-4A Global Hawk BAMS-D surveillance drone with a surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted military spokesman Gen. Abolfazl Shekari as saying that "all Iranian drones that are in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, including the one which the U.S. president mentioned, after carrying out scheduled identification and control missions, have returned to their bases."

The Strait of Hormuz is a strategic waterway for the seaborne transportation of about a fifth of the world's global crude oil exports.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the drone was threatening a U.S. ship and was "immediately destroyed." He said the drone came within 1,000 yards and ignored "multiple calls to stand down."

"This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters," the president said. "The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities, and interests."

Germany, France, UK, EU urge Iran to revert to upholding nuclear deal

Germany, France, UK, EU urge Iran to revert to upholding nuclear deal The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Britain and the European Union said on Tuesday that they were concerned about Iran scaling up its uranium enrichment and urged Tehran to revert to upholding the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has said it will boost its uranium enrichment in a few hours above a cap set by the nuclear deal, a move that could mean the return of all economic sanctions on Tehran. "We express deep concern that Iran is not meeting several of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," the ministers said, referring to the nuclear deal's formal name (JCPoA).

Tehran said the unarmed Global Hawk surveillance drone was on a spy mission over its territory but Washington said it was shot down over international airspace. "I think probably Iran made a mistake - I would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake in shooting that drone down

But Iran denied losing any of its drones following the perplexing statement from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif yesterday evening saying he was not be aware of any drone downing Instead, Iranian officals are now suggesting the US Navy actually shot down its own drone by mistake .

He called on other countries to condemn Iran's "attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce."

"I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the strait and to work with us in the future," Trump said.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 says U.S. may have shot down its own drone by mistake
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Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, was in international waters in the Strait at roughly 10 a.m. local time when a drone approached and "closed within a threatening range."

"The ship took defensive action against the (drone) to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew," he said.

The apparent downing of the drone followed Iran's apparent seizure of an oil tanker, the nation's state media announced Thursday. Twelve crew members were on the Panamanian-flagged vessel when it was taken near the Strait of Hormuz. The Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps, a powerful organization with links to the military and business, said the tanker tried to smuggle a million liters of oil.

Tensions have escalated since the United States pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and reimposed sweeping economic sanctions.

Iran shot down a U.S. drone in June, claiming it had violated Iranian airspace, an assertion U.S. officials said was false. The president pulled back on a planned retaliatory strike against Iranian targets at the last minute. U.S. officials at the time cautioned the move should not be interpreted as weakness.

"Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness," National Security Adviser John Bolton said during a trip to Jerusalem. "No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East. As President Trump said Friday, our military is rebuilt, new and ready to go."

Iran says U.S. may have shot down its own drone by mistake© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer is seen in San Diego Bay in San Diego, Calif., on May 1, 2019. (Photo: AP) On Tuesday, Trump's nominee to be the next defense secretary, Army Secretary Mark Esper, told lawmakers the United States is pursuing a strategy of "passive patrolling" in the area with coalition partners as part of an initiative dubbed "Operation Sentinel."

He said the goal was to try to and deter further provocative actions by Iran.

"At the same time, from the highest levels of government from the president himself, we said we will meet anytime, anywhere, without precondition to discuss issues with the Iranians to get us on the diplomatic path," he said.

Iran’s Foreign Minster Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York on Thursday that Iran would offer a deal to the U.S. in which it would offer it enhanced inspections of its nuclear facilities in return for the permanent lifting of economic sanctions.

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