Reuters: Iran rejects Trump report that U.S. Navy downed 'provocative' drone19 July 2019 | 12:59 | FOCUS News Agency
In the latest episode to test nerves around the strategic waterway, Trump said on Thursday the drone had flown to within 1,000 yards (914 meters) of the U.S. warship Boxer in a “provocative and hostile action” and had ignored several calls to stand down.
Iran dismissed the report.
“All drones belonging to Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz ... returned safely to their bases after their mission of identification and control,” Abolfazl Shekarchi, a senior armed forces spokesman, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
“And there is no report of any operational response by USS Boxer.”
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the drone on Thursday was brought down through electronic jamming.
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