Iran’s borders “represent our red line,” the head of the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned after Tehran said it shot down a US drone over its waters on Thursday.
Tehran’s response to the drone was “a clear message” from the “defenders of the borders” of Iran, said Hossein Salami, quoted by Tasnim news agency.
Iran will “respond to all foreign aggression and our reaction is, and will be, categorical and absolute,” Salami added.
Salami’s comments come hours after the Revolutionary Guard said it shot down a US-made surveillance drone in Iranian airspace near the Strait of Hormuz, just a week after attacks on two tankers in the strategic waterway.
The US military confirmed the incident and said that it took place in international airspace, challenging Iran’s account that the US aircraft had been flying over Iranian territory.
“Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false,” said Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US military’s Central Command.
“This was an unprovoked attack on a US surveillance asset in international airspace,” he added.
The United States has blamed Iran for last week’s tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, a charge vehemently denied by the Islamic republic.