Trump accuses Iran of committing; very big mistake
WASHINGTON – The US and Iran are one step closer to armed conflict after the US Global Hawk surveillance drone was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz in what President Donald Trump called “a very big mistake.”.
“This is a new fly in the ointment,” Trump said Thursday during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House..
“This drone was obviously in international waters. We have everything documented. Scientifically documented, not just verbally, ”Trump said. When asked about the possible US reaction, he only replied: “You will soon find out.”.
Iran, for its part, insists that the drone’s flight route was not only illegal, but also “a flagrant violation of international law.”.
Iranian Permanent Representative to the UN Majid Ravanchi said in a letter to the UN that the American drone “flew over the Strait of Hormuz to the port of Chahbehar in a stealth mode, turning off the identification equipment, and apparently conducted an espionage mission.”.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also spoke out in defense of Tehran’s actions, tweeting the Iranian version of the drone coordinates.
“We found fragments of an American military drone in OUR territorial waters, where it was shot down,” he said..
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Lieutenant General Joseph Guastella said the drone was 34 km from the Iranian coast.
The RQ-4 aircraft, worth more than $ 222 million, is capable of surveillance over an area of about 100,000 square kilometers per day, which is about the size of South Korea or Iceland..
Fears of a possible armed confrontation between the US and Iran have intensified after US officials last week accused Iran of attacking two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran itself denies these accusations.
Earlier this week, defense officials warned of an increased risk of miscalculation. Lawmakers, for whom Pentagon and intelligence officials briefed the White House on Thursday evening, are also expressing concern..
“I told the president that such conflicts tend to escalate,” said Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. “We are worried that he and the administration might inadvertently get involved in the war.”.
The US announced this week that it will send 1,000 more troops to the region to bolster American defenses in Iraq and Syria..
Meanwhile, Moscow believes that the United States and Iran are teetering on the brink of war..
“From the information that comes in, it is clear that the situation is extremely dangerous. I would call it balancing on the brink of war, ”said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
According to Ryabkov, the fact that the issue of the use of force was not even in the study, but at the decision-making level, confirms that the United States “provokes the situation, pushing it to slide into the abyss of open conflict, no matter how much the Pentagon tries to prove otherwise..
“I have the general impression that they do not understand what we are saying. Instead of thinking about the substantive part of our signal, namely that a political way out of this crisis is needed, they begin to speculate that Russia is allegedly trying to expand its influence, ”the diplomat told reporters.
“The danger of conflict has not disappeared, and we again call on responsible officials, if there are any in Washington, to weigh the consequences, and warn against rash steps,” Ryabkov added..