TEHRAN – The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Friday released the video of a US warship in the Persian Gulf as part of evidence to reject US President Donald Trump’s claim about the downing of an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz by the warship.
The IRGC had previously announced in a statement that the pictures show that the IRGC Aerospace Force’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was carrying out its mission in the area before the arrival of the American frigate in the Strait of Hormuz.
They include pictures of the frigate before and even after the time mentioned by the Americans, which show that the IRGC drone safely returned to its base.
Trump claimed on Thursday that the USS Boxer destroyed an Iranian drone after the aircraft threatened the ship by flying to within 1,000 meters of it and ignored multiple calls to stand down.
Later, the Pentagon said in a statement that the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, had taken “defensive action” against a drone, but did not mention whether the aircraft was Iranian.
The chief Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, said in a written statement: “A fixed-wing unmanned aerial system approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew.”
The statement also omitted any reference to how the drone was brought down, but CNN reported it was done by electronic jamming, rather than gunfire.
Source: Tasnim News Agency