Iran denied on Friday it misplaced a drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the U.S. mentioned it had “destroyed” an Iranian drone that was threatening a U.S. ship.
“Now we have not misplaced any drone within the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I’m nervous that USS Boxer has shot down their very own UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) by mistake!,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi mentioned on Twitter.
Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted military spokesman Gen. Abolfazl Shekari as saying that “all Iranian drones which are in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, including the one which the U.S. president talked about, after finishing up scheduled identification and control missions, have returned to their bases.”
The Strait of Hormuz is a strategic waterway for the seaborne transportation of about a fifths of the world’s global crude oil exports.
President Donald Trump mentioned on Thursday that the drone was threatening a U.S. ship and was “instantly destroyed.” He stated the drone got here inside 1,000 yards and ignored “a number of calls to face down.”
“That is the most recent of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters,” the president stated. “America reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities, and interests” I also call on different nations to guard their ships as they undergo the strait and to work with us in the future,” Trump mentioned.