Saturday, December 10, 2011

'US must apologize for airspace violation'

The deputy head of Iran's Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff says the US government must apologize to the Islamic Republic for violating the country's airspace. 

"The US government must apologize for [committing] this illegal and hostile act," Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said on Saturday.

On Sunday December 4, the Iranian Army's electronic warfare unit downed, with minimum damage, the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft which was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 140 miles (225km) from the Afghan border.

One day later, two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the drone had been part of a CIA reconnaissance mission, involving the United State's intelligence community stationed in Afghanistan.

Jazayeri said Iran would not limit its defensive measure to the country's borders.

Jazayeri called for a more targeted and harsher response towards US actions which have "compromised the global security.”

On Thursday, Iran's Ambassador to UN Mohammad Khazaei sent a letter to United Nations, calling on the international body for "clear and effective measures to be taken to put an end to these dangerous and unlawful acts in line with the United Nations' responsibilities.”