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Iran Fired On U.S. Drone Because It Violated Airspace, Says Iranian Official

November 9, 2012
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A prominent Iranian parliament member said Friday that a U.S. drone violated Iran's airspace a week ago, when the Pentagon says it was fired on. The U.S. maintains the pilotless craft was over international waters.

Lawmaker Mohammad Saleh Jokar told state-owned yjc.ir news website that Iranian fighters shot at the U.S. drone because it had entered Iranian airspace.

"Violation of the airspace of Iran was the reason for shooting at the American drone," Mohammad Saleh Jokar was quoted as saying. "This showed Iran has the necessary readiness to defend against any invasion."

The semi-official Fars news agency also suggested that the drone violated Iran's airspace.

Fars carried quotes from a general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as saying Iran would confront any "flying object" that entered its air space.

Fars said following the claim by the Pentagon about firing on the U.S. drone, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri a senior figure in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the deputy head of Iran's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, "Defenders of the Islamic Republic of Iran will strongly respond to any ground, sea or air invasion."

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