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Earlier last week, Iran fighter jets opened fire on an unmanned air drone flying over the Persian Gulf. The US government has issued a statement today saying it will follow up on the issue, painting a grim picture for US-Iran relationships.
According to CNN, the drone was attacked, however it returned to base on its own power. The drone was flying over international airspace, according to Pentagon press secretary George Little
"Our aircraft was never in Iranian airspace. It was always flying in international airspace. The recognized limit is 12 nautical miles off the coast, and we never entered the 12-nautical mile limit," he said.
However, Iran's defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi, said the drone was flying over Iranian territorial waters as reported by the LA Times.
This latest incident is threatening to split the diplomatic relationships that are struggling to survive between the US and Iran. However neither side is intent on backing down.
"The United States has communicated to the Iranians that we will continue to conduct surveillance flights over international waters, over the Arabian Gulf, consistent with longstanding practices and our commitment to the security of the region," Little said.
"If any foreign planes try to enter our country's space, our armed forces will confront it," Maj. Gen. Seyed Masoud Jazaeri was quoted as saying. "The defenders of the Islamic republic will give a decisive response to navy air, land or naval attacks."