Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says the Iranian military has driven away an unidentified aircraft violating the country’s airspace. "Last week an unidentified plane entered the airspace above the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf which, due to the timely, quick and decisive action of the Iranian Armed Forces, was forced to flee," Vahidi said on Friday.
The Iranian defense minister added, “This experience and previous incidents show that the Islamic Republic of Iran vigilantly and precisely monitors all movements [of its enemies] and takes decisive, necessary and timely actions.”Vahidi further stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran is investigating the incident and pursuing the case via relevant international channels. Earlier today, Deputy Chairman of Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said that the Iranian Armed Forces would “firmly” respond to any air, ground and sea aggression. The comments come a day after the Pentagon claimed that two Iranian warplanes fired at a US drone last week as it conducted a routine, but classified, surveillance mission over the Persian Gulf about 16 nautical miles off the Iranian coast. TNP/HGH/SS