Donald Trump said Iran made a ”big mistake on Thursday when a US plane crashed near the Strait of Hormuz.
The US said the RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone was hit at the international airspace near the shipping lane where one-fifth of the world’s crude oil crossed.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Association (IRGC) claimed that the drone was hit in the Iranian airspace. The US military’s Central Command made a statement called an unprovoked attack below.
They made a huge mistake, Trump said. “This country can’t stand anything I can tell you,” he said. The US president expressed some skepticism by those who ordered the strike: “I think it was a general or someone who made a mistake when towing a drone. “But the pilot said it would be much more serious if it were an airplane. “We had no one in the drone. He could have made a big difference, I’ll tell you, he could have made a big, big difference. ”Trump’s administration called on Congress leaders to brief the White House later Thursday.
The incident is the last of a series of provocations that accuse Tehran of continuing tensions with the United States. On Wednesday, the United States said it was intelligence that proved ”undoubtedly ı that Iran attacked two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week after crossing the Strait of Hormuz.
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said that Iran has created a serious situation with its “aggressive behavior and that the Kingdom has advised other Gulf Arab countries in the next steps.“When you block international transport, it has an impact on energy supply, an impact on the price of oil, which has an impact on the world economy. Essentially it affects almost every person in the world. Saudi State Secretary Adel Al Jubeir told reporters in London.
Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, and Al-Jubeir said any attempt to do so would result in a “very, very strong reaction. Bahrain, the base of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, described the incident as a “cowardly act of aggression”.CENTCOM said in a statement, the maritime surveillance aircraft was hit by an air-to-air missile Iran.
Iran reported that the plane was above Iran, CENT said CENTCOM, “that this was an unprovoked attack on US surveillance presence in the international airspace”.The plane landed at about 2335 GMT – local time in the Gulf early in the morning.
Responding only to the High Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the IRGC claimed that he entered an unmanned aerial vehicle when he entered the Iranian airspace, near Kouhmobarak, south of Hormozgan, near the Strait of Hormozgan in southern Iran.“Borders are our red line, IR said IRGC commander General Hossein Salami. Any enemy that violates the borders will be destroyed. ”Iran said Friday there is “unquestionable” evidence that a US plane it crashed this week violated its airspace.
In a statement from the foreign ministry, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told Swiss Ambassador Markus Leitner, representing the interests of Switzerland, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Even some parts of the plane’s wreck were taken from the territorial waters of Iran, Araghchi told the Swiss ambassador.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for warning that any war between Iran and the United States would be “at least a disaster for the region”.The RQ-4 Global Hawk, which costs more than $ 100 million each, can fly 10 miles high and stay airborne for 24 hours at the same time. It has a distinctive hump-shaped façade and an overhead engine. The wing openings are larger than the Boeing 737 passenger jet.
The attacks were grounded by growing tensions between the United States and Iran, following Trump’s decision to withdraw from an agreement to cut Iran’s nuclear program last year.
As the United States has moved to isolate Iran over its role in the nuclear and ballistic missile program and regional wars, it has increased sanctions that have greatly reduced Tehran’s oil exports.
Since mid-May, explosive strikes accusing Iran have hit six oil tankers. The US accelerated an aircraft carrier to the Middle East and established additional troops with tens of thousands of people in the region.
Global jitters on a new Middle Eastern fire fighting that hampered oil exports triggered the rise in crude oil prices. On Thursday, they rose above $ 3 a barrel to over $ 63.Iran claimed to have hit American drones in the past. In the most famous incident, in December 2011, Iran seized an RQ-170 Sentinel flying by the CIA to monitor Iran’s nuclear areas after entering Iran’s airspace from neighboring Afghanistan.