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Trump: Iran made 'a very big mistake' in downing drone

June 20, 2019 at 7:45 pm

US President Donald Trump makes a speech during the meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, at the State Department in Washington, United States on 6 February 2019 [Mustafa Kamacı/Anadolu Agency]

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Iran made a big mistake after it said it had shot down an American drone, Anadolu reports.

“Iran made a very big mistake!” Trump tweeted.

Earlier on Thursday, Tehran announced that it shot down a US military drone.

An American official confirmed to ABC News that the US Navy MQ-4C Triton, a high altitude unmanned aerial vehicle used for surveillance, was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile while the drone was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.

The confirmation comes amid growing hostility in the Gulf region between Washington and Tehran.

Tensions have been rising between the US and Iran since last year, when Washington unilaterally withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

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