LONDON, June 20 (Sky News/WNP): Donald Trump has warned that Iran has made a “very big mistake” after its military shot down a US surveillance drone.
However, the US president then suggested the missile attack on the drone could not have been intentional and he had a feeling “a general or somebody” mistakenly ordered it.
It comes after a statement from the US military’s Central Command said the drone was downed in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, south of Iran.
The statement added that “Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false” and that “this was an unprovoked attack on a US surveillance asset in international airspace”.
This contradicts reports by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency which said the country’s Revolutionary Guard had shot down an American drone in its airspace.
IRNA said the drone was hit when it entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran’s Hormozgan province.
Citing the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, IRNA identified the drone as an RQ-4 Global Hawk, a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft designed to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.