Trump on Downing of US Drone: 'Iran Made a Very Big Mistake'
President responds to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps confirmation of strike
Earlier on Thursday reports came from Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that Iran shot down one of the United States' $180million spy drones after it flew over Southern Iran.
President Donald Trump responded with a tweet seemingly acknowledging the strike on the drone, saying, "Iran made a very big mistake!"
Trump is still yet to clarify what he meant by the tweet, but it may be evidence of Iran's earlier claims that it shot down an RQ-4 Global Hawk as it crossed into Iran's borders over Hormuzgan province.
An unnamed US official said that a Navy MQ-4C Triton drone had been struck down by Iranian surface-to-air missile, claiming the shoot down took place over international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.
The IRGC claims the drone was Northrop Grumman RQ-4, and was traveling over Iranian territory before being shot down.
IRGC commander in chief Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami said the downed drone was "clear message to America."
He emphasized that Iran was "not seeking war with any country," but was "fully prepared to defend" the country from foreign aggression.
The news comes as tension between Washington and Tehran increase amid economic sanctions and alleged Iranian attacks on shipping in the Straits of Hormuz.
Iran made a very big mistake!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested on Friday’s broadcast of “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” that Presdient Donald Trump should consider the aggressive approach in responding to Iran’s saber-rattling in the Persian Gulf. READ MORE: https://t.co/VOLdlWBPeH— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) June 15, 2019
Head of the Revolutionary Guard, Salami, said that Iran's borders 'represent our red line,' before a crowd in the western city of Sanandaj.
He added that 'Any enemy that violates the borders will be annihilated.'
According to his statement to the Tasnim news agency, the downing of the drone as 'a clear message' from the 'defenders of the borders' of Iran,
Although Trump said they do not seek regime change in Iran, he has been accused by the likes of Bernie Sanders for being a 'schoolyard bully'
"I’m not looking to hurt Iran at all. I’m looking to have Iran say, ‘no nuclear weapons,'" Trump said at the press conference in Japan.
The socialist Vermont senator responded Trump's recent threat to Tehran, in which he warned that if the Iranian regime "wants to fight" the United States, it "will be the official end of Iran."
Trump issued the warning in a Sunday tweet, which was itself a reaction to reported threats by Iran against America and US allies in the region.