Iran Rejects US Request to Return Surveillance Drone

Agence France Presse (AFP)14.12.2011 Iran
Iran Rejects US Request to Return Surveillance Drone

Iran Rejects US Request to Return Surveillance Drone

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Iran claims its experts are in the final stages of recovering data from the US surveillance drone captured by Iranian Armed Forces.

Lawmaker Parviz Sorouri, from the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said the extracted information will be used to file a lawsuit against the US for the “invasion” by the unmanned aircraft.

Sorouri also said Iran has the capability to reproduce the drone through reverse engineering. He didn’t elaborate. His remarks were carried by state TV on Monday.

The TV broadcast a video on Thursday of Iranian military officials inspecting what it identified as the RQ-170 Sentinel drone.

Iranian state media have said the unmanned spy aircraft was detected and brought down over the country’s east.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama on Monday acknowledged a US drone was in Iranian hands for the first time and said the United States has asked Tehran to return the sophisticated spy craft.

"We've asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," Obama said while avoiding to shed further light on the plane's mission or why it failed to return to a base in Afghanistan.

"With respect to the drone inside of Iran, I'm not going to comment on intelligence matters that are classified," he said.

Iran, however, has rebuffed the US request for the return of the drone and called on Washington to apologize over the incident instead.

Iran lodged a formal complaint earlier this week to the UN over the entrance of a US drone "deep" into its eastern airspace last week, and aired footage of what it said was the high-tech US aircraft.


Source: IRNA; AFP; Al Jazeera



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