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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

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Tehran dismisses U . S . drone claims as " big lies " and warns of more "insecurity" as Europe mobilizes a naval force to protect Persian Gulf shipping. Watch CBSN Live. 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 "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

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.

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"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.

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According to the US version of the events, the drone threatened the ship as it entered the Persian Gulf. “At about 10 a.m. local time, Boxer was transiting Strait of Hormuz I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today, involving #USSBoxer, a U . S . Navy amphibious assault ship.

A US official confirmed to CNN a drone had been shot down, but said the incident occurred in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz 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

"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 ’ s Revolutionary Guard Corps released footage which it says disproves the US claim of shooting down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz “We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi tweeted on Friday morning.

President Trump said the U . S . Navy destroyed a drone that was flying too close to a U . S . warship in the Strait of Hormuz , hours after Iranian forces said they As tensions between the U . S . and Iran rise, a series of incidents has put a strategic maritime waterway back into the spotlight: The Strait of Hormuz .

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.

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.

President Donald Trump says a U . S . warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between the two countries. The president called it the latest “hostile” action by Iran . Marines on board took down the drone using electronic jamming equipment, U . S . officials told

Security officials have warned UK shipping to stay clear of the Strait of Hormuz 'for an interim period'. The Foreign Office has also summoned Iran ’ s The incident came as Iran and the United States emphatically disagreed Friday over Washington' s claim that a U . S . warship downed an Iranian drone

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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Pompeo continued: "They've [ Iran ] lied about so many things over so many years." Pompeo said Washington was building a coalition to patrol the Strait of Hormuz to keep shipping lanes open. Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker near the strait three days ago and shot down a U . S . drone in the

“I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the strait and to work with us in the The statement appeared to contradict an earlier claim by Iran ’ s Foreign Ministry that Iranian Iranian officials did not immediately comment on the downed drone . The Fars News Agency, which is

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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