(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran has confirmed that it used warplanes to fire at a U.S. drone over a week ago. Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Friday that the country’s armed forces took “smart and firm” action when an unidentified aircraft entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf, according to Iranian media reports.
Vahidi was responding to claims by U.S. Department of Defense officials who said that the drones were unarmed and that the incident occurred over international waters.
General Masoud Jazayeri said that Iran would confront any “flying object” that entered its air space and Iranian forces would respond strongly to any ground, sea or air “invasion.”
“The defenders of the Islamic Republic of Iran give decisive response to any aerial, ground or sea aggression,” Jazayeri said responding to a FARS News Agency question about the Pentagon’s statement, adding, “If any kind of alien flying object wants to enter our country’s airspace, our armed forces will confront it.”
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN