US drone penetrated 250 km: Iran

The Pentagon said American experts were analysing the footage.

Tehran: The US drone which Iran said it had
brought down penetrated 250 kilometres inside the Islamic
republic`s air space, state television`s website reported
on Friday.

In a letter of protest to the United Nations, the
government said "the American RQ-170 spy plane violated 250
kilometres inside Iranian airspace before confronting the
reaction of Iran`s armed forces," the website reported.

"Provocative and secret actions by the American
government against the Islamic republic in recent months" have
been on the increase, it charged.

It said Tehran had lodged "a strong protest against this
violation of international rules by the US government" and
warned against any "repetition of such actions."

Iran called for the United Nations to condemn "this
violation," in the letter addressed to the UN secretary
general as well as the presidents of the Security Council and
General Assembly.

State television yesterday aired footage of what it said
was the captured drone, showing what appeared to be an RQ-170
Sentinel aircraft with little visible damage.

The Pentagon said American experts were analysing the
footage. The footage showed a cream-coloured aircraft being
examined by two commanders of Tehran`s elite Revolutionary
Guard Corps, who are in charge of the country`s air defences.



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