Iran has reportedly scared off multiple US spy planes flying in its airspace in the past 6 months.
Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Iran’s air defense force, said that when US planes fly in Iran’s airspace they are given a stern warning that they are not welcome. He said that last week, they intercepted an unmanned RQ-4 drone and that back in March a U2 spy plane was warned away, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
“When the warning was given to the pilot of this (U2) plane at the Strait of Hormuz, he knew that he was being targeted by two separate radars … and missile systems,” Esmaili said.
“Iran will never allow such hostile planes to approach its airspace and would not hesitate to bring them down if necessary,” said Esmaili, quoted by the Tasnim news agency.
The report is the latest in an international relations stand off between the US and Iran. The middle eastern country further angered US officials this week by reforming ties with Palestinian militant group Hamas, which has purported the goal of the destruction of the Israeli state.
“Iran is showing its true colors. Iran must decide whether it wants to be a member of the community of nations that can be expected to take its international obligations seriously, or whether it wants to be the leader of a jihadist terrorist movement. It cannot be both,” US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a statement.
“It’s long past time for the international community to hold Iran to the same standard that all countries who actually value peace and security are held to,” she said.
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