“[The] US drone took off from UAE in stealth mode and violated Iranian airspace,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter on Thursday night, adding that the Global Hawk drone “was targeted near… Kouh-e Mobarak” region in the Central district of Jask in Hormozgan province after the aircraft violated Iran’s airspace.
At 00:14 US drone took off from UAE in stealth mode & violated Iranian airspace. It was targeted at 04:05 at the coordinates (25°59’43″N 57°02’25″E) near Kouh-e Mobarak.
We’ve retrieved sections of the US military drone in OUR territorial waters where it was shot down.
An “American spying drone” was shot down by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force over Iranian airspace at dawn on Thursday. According to the IRGC, the US military surveillance drone was flying with its tracking equipment switched off at the time, violating international aviation regulations.
The United States had confirmed that one of its reconnaissance palnes was shot down by Iraniain air defenses, but denied that it intruded into Tehran’s airspace at the time.
Tehran has released two videos that show the flight route of the plane as well as the moment it was brought down by an Iran-made air defense shield called ‘Third of Khordad’.
In an earlier tweet, Zarif stated that Iran “will take this US new aggression to [the] UN and show that the US is lying about international waters”.
The Iranin foreign minister noted that Tehran does not want war, “but will zealously defend our skies, land and waters”.
Commander of the IRGC Major General Hossein Salami stressed that the move should alert Washington officials to stay away.
The incident sent “a clear message” to the US and other enemies that Iran will show a firm and crushing response to any aggression, Salami stated.
“Borders are our red lines and any enemy which violates them will not go back home and will be annihilated. The only way for enemies is to respect Iran’s territorial integrity and national interests,” the major general noted.