Iran's defense minister said Friday that a U.S. drone violated flying over the Iranian coastline violated Iranian airspace a week ago and had reason to try to bring down the drone. The U.S. maintains the drone was over international waters, news sources report.
The Pentagon said the shooting in the Gulf occurred over a wee ago on Nov. 1, when an Iranian military plane fired, at least twice but did not hit, an unarmed U.S. drone, FOX news reports.
The United States says Iranian jets fired while the drone was on a routine surveillance mission above international waters "16 miles from the Iranian coast." The internationally recognized territorial limit is 12 miles off the coast, CNN reports
"Last week, an unknown aircraft entered Iran's airspace in the Persian Gulf," Iran's defense minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said. "It was forced to leave on time by a wise and strong reaction on the part of the Iranian armed forces," FOX news reports.
Masoud Jazayeri, a senior general in the powerful Revolutionary Guard said on Friday "the Iranian armed forces will respond decisively to any act of transgression. ... If any foreign planes try to enter our country's [air]space, our armed forces will confront it," CNN reports.
While Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Saleh Jokar said. "This showed Iran has the necessary readiness to defend against any invasion," FOX news reports.