President Donald Trump on Thursday told reporters that “you’ll soon find out” whether the U.S. will strike Iran.
U.S. officials said earlier in the day that Iran had shot down an American drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Iran claimed that the drone was above its territory.
Trump tweeted “Iran made a very big mistake!” earlier Thursday.
Iran shoots down drone
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed Thursday they shot down a US drone in the southern province of Hormozgan.
State news agency IRNA quoted the Guard’s news website, Sepah News, as saying that the Islamic country’s military force targeted the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone when it entered Iran’s airspace “near the Kouhmobarak district in the south.”
General Hossein Salami, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, said the incident sent “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.”
Responding swiftly to the Iranian claim, the US military said it had not violated Iranian airspace on Wednesday.
“No US aircraft were operating in Iranian airspace today,” said Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US military’s Central Command.
Later, a US official told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that an Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down a US drone “flying in international airspace” over the Strait of Hormuz.