Iran Denies that US Shot Down its Drone in the Strait of Hormuz

The U.S. Navy's amphibious assault ship USS Boxer AP

Iran on Friday denied that the United States took down one of their drones in the Strait of Hormuz, as President Trump had said hours earlier.

“We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi tweeted.

Also, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is in New York for U.N. meetings, said there’s “no information about losing a drone.”

President Donald Trump on Thursday said the USS Boxer took defensive action after an Iranian drone closed to the warship.

“The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down, and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew,” Trump said at the White House.

“The drone was immediately destroyed. This was the latest of many hostile and provocative actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters.”

CNN reported that the unmanned craft was downed by electronic jamming.

The US, Trump added, “calls on all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.”

Author: Joe Tacopino

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