Iran lodges complaint to UN over downed US drone

Iran lodges complaint to UN over downed US spy drone
2 min read
28 June, 2019
'Iran reserves the right to defend its airspace and confront any violation', the Islamic republic said.
The head of the IRGC's aerospace division inspects debris from the downed US drone [Getty]

Iran announced on Friday it had officially lodged a complaint to the UN Security Council against the United States over a drone violating its airspace, Tasnim news agency reported.

Iran "filed a complaint to the UN Security Council and the organisation's Secretary General after a US spy drone violated Iran's airspace and was shot down," Tasnim quoted deputy foreign minister Gholamhossein Dehghani as saying.

"The complaint states that Iran reserves the right to defend its airspace and confront any violation," he added.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have spiked ever since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic.

Hostilities grew last week when Iran shot down a US drone over sensitive Gulf waters following a series of tanker attacks that Washington blamed Tehran for despite its denials.

Hostilities reached a peak with Trump planning to launch airstrikes in retaliation, only calling them off at the last minute.

Since then, the arch-foes have been locked in a war of words, which escalated this week when Trump announced new sanctions against Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iran has threatened to abandon some of its commitments under the nuclear deal unless the remaining partners - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - help it circumvent US sanctions and especially sell its oil.

However a diplomatic source said on Thursday that Iran has backtracked on these claims, and will not exceed the uranium stockpile limit agreed under the deal.

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