The Iranian government said it would not return the U.S. spy drone they shot down last week. The plane was said to be extremely valuable because it has an advanced technology system.
“There is no any country that welcomes spy plane entered its territory, and no one returns the spy devices and information in it to the sending country,” said General Hossein Salami, deputy commander of Iran’s Armed Forces, as reported by CNN, quoting Iranian news agency Fars, Sunday, December 11, 2011.
Salami said the entry of spy planes into Iranian territory is a form of invasion of the United States against Iran. Drone aircraft type RQ-170 Sentinel was touted as the most sophisticated spy planes in its class.
“The plane is very valuable to us. The shape of our victory and defeat for our enemies,” said Salami.
Previously, this aircraft has also been exhibited and broadcast on state television. The U.S. side did not confirm and provide any comments related to the recording. But the Pentagon acknowledges that there is a spy plane in Afghanistan is lost.
Shortly after the announcement of the arrest of these aircraft by Iran last week, Iran’s UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He said that the U.S. action is a form of provocation that violated international law.
“We demand that the UN condemns this aggressive act and implement the U.S. firm and effective measures to stop the dangerous violations of law. This is in accordance with the responsibilities of the UN in maintaining international peace and security and regional,” said Khazaee.