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[6/26/2019]

Iranian Parliament to Convene on US Provocative Acts in Region  

Iranian Parliament to Convene on US Provocative Acts in Region

Sat Jun 22, 2019 

TEHRAN (FNA)- Members of the Iranian parliament are due to discuss Washington's provocative moves in the region, specially the Thursday flight of a US spy drone over Iran's airspace, which was downed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Vice-Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kamal Dehqani Firouzabadi said on Saturday that the lawmakers are supposed to review the US spy drone violation of Iran's airspace.

He blasted the US act, saying members of the parliament will debate the US provocative acts in the region.

Iranian lawmakers will review US violation of Iran's territorial waters and other countries like the UAE's permission to the US to fly reconnaissance drones from its bases in the Arab country's territories, Dehqani Firouzabadi said.

His remarks came after the IRGC Aerospace Force shot down an American spy drone over the territorial waters of Iran near the Strait of Hormuz at dawn on Thursday.

The United States had confirmed that one of its reconnaissance planes was shot down by Iranian air defenses, but denied that it intruded into Tehran’s airspace at the time.

On Thursday evening, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that his country had retrieved parts of the US Global Hawk that was shot down from the country's territorial waters, rejecting Washington's claim that the aircraft was targeted in international waters.

"(The) US drone took off from UAE in stealth mode and violated Iranian airspace," Zarif wrote on Twitter, adding that the Global Hawk drone "was targeted near... Kouh-e Mobarak" region in the Central district of Jask in Hormuzgan province after the aircraft violated Iran's airspace.

Zarif even provided the coordinates where the US aircraft was intercepted, and added, "We've retrieved sections of the US military drone in OUR territorial waters where it was shot down."

In an earlier tweet, Zarif stated that Iran "will take this US new aggression to [the] UN and show that the US is lying about international waters".

The Iranian foreign minister noted that Tehran does not want war, "but will zealously defend our skies, land and waters".

Commander of the IRGC Major General Hossein Salami stressed that the move should alert Washington officials to stay away.

The incident sent "a clear message" to the US and other enemies that Iran will show a firm and crushing response to any aggression, Salami stated.

"Borders are our red lines and any enemy which violates them will not go back home and will be annihilated. The only way for enemies is to respect Iran's territorial integrity and national interests," the major general noted.

 

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