US President Donald Trump did not rule out the possibility that the US responded to the downed drone with an air raid.
Right after the incident, Mr. Trump posted a comment on Twitter: “Iran has made a huge mistake.” The Pentagon confirmed the US MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft (UAV) shot down by Iran.
US President Donald Trump.
The US claimed the aircraft was “unjustified in international airspace”, while Iran claimed that the UAV had invaded the airspace of the country.
“This is an unprovoked attack on American property in international airspace,” said Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM).
When asked if the US responded, Mr. Trump said, “People will soon know.” However, Trump seems to want to ease the situation when he thinks this may be an unreasonable incident.
“I have a feeling that … someone has made a mistake, someone should not have done so,” Mr. Trump said.
“It’s hard to believe this action is intentional,” Mr. Trump added. “It could be because someone is stupid and out of control.”
John Bolton, a US national security adviser, is on his way to Iran to “discuss regional security issues” with his allies, referring to the recent tension in the Middle East, the White House said.
Mr. Trump denied that a member of the government wanted to motivate him to activate the war. Mr. Trump said he always wanted to end the war in Afghanistan and not start a new war.
The US president has repeatedly said that he does not support war with Iran, unless that is to prevent Tehran from possessing nuclear weapons. Iran insists it pursues a peaceful nuclear program.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the US of “economic terrorism” and carried out many espionage acts against the country, and now violates Iran’s airspace.
US-Iranian tensions escalated in the past few months, following a series of attacks on tankers in the Middle East. The US has repeatedly sent troops and military hardware to the region, as a “tightening” move by Iran.