President Trump weighed in online, tweeting: “Iran made a very big mistake!” concerning the Islamic Republic of Irans claimed responsibility for shooting down an American drone.
Washington said on Thursday one of its drones had been downed in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.
“US drone intrusion into Iranian airspace is in clear violation of the UN Charter and national sovereignty of the country,”Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, said Thursday, while urging his government to file a formal complaint with the UN.
Thursday’s attack was the latest in an escalating series of incidents in the Gulf since mid-May, including suspected attacks on six oil tankers that the US blamed on Iran.
Tehran denied involvement, but all of this has raised fears that a miscalculation or a further rise in frictions could push the US and Iran into an open conflict.