The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), in a statement on Friday, described U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim about downing an Iranian drone as “ridiculous”, and declared that it will release the footage and images taken by its drone from the U.S. warship to prove the falsity of Washington’s claims.
“We will soon release the images and footage recorded by the IRGC Aerospace Force drone from the USS Boxer to expose Americans’ baseless claims to the public opinion of the world,” the public relations department of the IRGC announced today.
“The images will show that the drone of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force was conducting its routine mission in the region before the arrival of the American vessel at the Strait of Hormuz,” read the communique, adding that the drone sent images of its “monitoring and surveilling the aforementioned ship before and after the time that the Americans are claiming”.
The statement added that after recording the footage from the U.S. warship, the drone returned to its base intact.
“The marine and aerospace units of the IRGC vigilantly and continuously monitor the moves by the foreigners, particularly the terrorist forces of the U.S. and the U.K. in the strategic region, based on their legal duties and for establishing security in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf,” it added.
The IRGC reassured that with its complete intelligence dominance and preparedness, it will deliver a proportionate response to any act of aggression and violation of the international law.
The statement came after U.S. President Donald Trump claimed that the USS Boxer had fired on an Iranian drone on Thursday, shooting it down over the Strait of Hormuz.
“The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a near distance, approximately 1000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down threatening safety of ship and ship’s crew,” he said at the White House on the same day.
The U.S. President claimed that Iran’s drone “was immediately destroyed.”
Touching upon Trump’s claim, the Spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said that the false claim about downing an Iranian Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is intended to increase tensions in international waterways and disrupting security in the Strait of Hormuz.
“Unlike Trump’s delusional and groundless claim, all drones belonging to the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, including the one mentioned by the U.S. president, have returned to their bases safe and sound after carrying out their scheduled surveillance and control operations,” the Armed Forces mouthpiece added.
“The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran always feel duty-bound to protect, control, and safeguard the security of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz with full vigilance while observing international regulations,” he added.
Commenting on the same claim, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi said in a tweet, “We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else.”
Araqchi added, “I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS by mistake!”
The Pentagon claimed the Iranian drone was within a “threatening range” of the US ship.
“At approximately 10 A.M. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz,” chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.
“A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew.”
The incident happened a few hours after Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had seized a foreign ship that was smuggling fuel in the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz.
Source: Fars News