US President Donald Trump said Iran made a “big mistake,” and later added that it was a “new wrinkle” for Iran and the U.S.
In one of his tweets, Trump said that he changed his mind 10 minutes before a planned attack on Iran:
General Hossein Salami, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, said the downing of the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone, which he said was in Iranian airspace, was “a clear message” to the US, adding that Iran does “not have any intention for war with any country, but we are ready for war.”
The downing of the drone is coming days after US said that Iran attacked Japanese and Norwegian flagged tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the vital waterway for much of the world’s oil.
Iranian officials also rejected US claims that Tehran was behind the the two tanker blasts.
Unlike the missile-launching MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones that are used to conduct airstrikes, the downed Global Hawk drone, which cost United States about $220m (or ₦79 billion), are unarmed are used only to collect information.