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Zarif: Iran zealously defending skies, land, waters

Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message slammed the recent US violation of the Iranian airspace, saying Iran will zealously defend skies, land and waters.

"The US wages #EconomicTerrorism on Iran, has conducted covert action against us and now encroaches on our territory," Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Thursday.

He added: "We don't seek war, but will zealously defend our skies, land and waters."

"We'll take this new aggression to #UN and show that the US is lying about international waters," he reiterated.

At the early hours of Thursday, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) air force shot down an American spy drone, identified as RQ4 Global Hawk, that had violated Iranian airspace in the Kuh Mubarak (Mubarak Mountain) region located at Hormuzgan province, south of the country, the IRGC's public relations department said in a statement.

RQ4s typically fly at high altitude to conduct reconnaissance missions.

Tensions between Iran and the US increased following US breach of the nuclear deal and reimposing wrongful sanctions in total disregard of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi strongly condemned the US spy drone's violation of Iranian airspace, and warned against violations of Iran's frontage.

Protesting against aggressive and provocative acts, Abbas Mousavi warned against illegal entrance of any foreign flying object and violating Iran's frontage, saying aggressors will be responsible for it.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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