IRAN has produced maps it claims PROVE the US drone it shot down last week crossed into its airspace – but the US has branded them as “false”.
Majid Takht Ravanchi, Iran’s UN ambassador, revealed radar images on Monday that allegedly show an aircraft passing into Iranian territory amid feverish tensions last week.
But acting US ambassador to the UN Jonathan Cohen rubbished the claims.
He blasted Iran’s argument that the US drone was in its “flight information region” was “false” – because “a country’s flight information region is not the same as their airspace.”
Iran shot down the £100million US RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone on Thursday - nearly prompting a potentially deadly series of US airstrikes in retaliation.
US president Donald Trump called off the ferocious bombardment – which the Pentagon estimated could have killed 150 – at the last minute.
SPATE OF ATTACKS
The US vehemently denies its unnamed aircraft crossed into Iranian airspace – and blames the Islamic Republic for launching a series of attacks on Western interests.
Two oil tankers were blown up by mines seemingly planted by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard as they passed through the Strait of Hormuz earlier this month.
Iran accuses the US of aiming to cripple Iran’s economy and forcing policy changes – and denies any involvement in the tanker attacks.
On Monday, the UN Security Council held closed consultations on the rising tensions between the US and Iran.
It later condemned the tanker attacks and called on all parties “to exercise maximum restraint.”
Mr Ravanchi branded the situation “very dangerous” and said the US should deescalate tensions by stopping “its military adventurism”.
He called on the US to withdraw its “naval armada” and move away from “economic warfare against the Iranian people.”
The US has built up a heavy military presence including warships, bombers and missile launchers in the region in recent weeks in response to the Iranian threat.
President Trump meanwhile signed off on more crippling sanctions on Iran on Monday.
The executive order targets Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his cronies with financial sanctions.
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