Iranian Report Claims U.S. Spy Plane Shot Down Over Nuclear Site
July 20, 2011
A state-run website in Iran says the country's Revolutionary Guards have shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane over the city of Qom near the Fordu nuclear site.
The claim comes a day after Iran confirmed it was installing a new generation of advanced uranium-enrichment centrifuges at the facility. T
The report by the "Youth Journalists Club," which is affiliated with Iran's state television, quoted member of parliament Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari as saying that the plane was trying to gather information about the uranium-enrichment facility.
Other state media did not immediately carry the report. Iranian government and military officials were not available for comment.
Iran denies western allegations that its nuclear program is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.
compiled from agency reports
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