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Salehi says Iran will go to court of justice for US aggression by ScanEagle

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 4, IRNA -- Iran will go to The Hague International Court of Justice to complain against US for aggression on Iran by ScanEagle, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday.

Salehi said that ScanEagle sets another evidence for the legal action Iran would take with ICJ for the US aggression.

Commenting on the ScanEagle spy drone captured by Navy of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps violating Iranian airspace on reconnaissance mission over the Persian Gulf, Salehi said, "The ScanEagle is an evidence available to us which we will use at the international court of justice to prove US aggression."

He said Iran had already warned American officials that it would take necessary measures to protect its airspace in case of the US repeats violation of airspace.

"We had already warned US officials against such practices, declaring that we will defend our borders and territory by any possible means," he added.

Salehi said that Iran had also made clear to Americans that based on the international conventions the Islamic Republic of Iran will not allow them to invade our borders and territory but unfortunately they did not heed.

Salehi said the IRGC managed to capture the US ScanEagle, thus proving once again the power and potential of Iranian defense forces.

He said, "We had of course already protested to Americans in this connection but they claimed that they were not present in our territory. The drone sets an evidence available to us which we would use it for legal action with the international court of justice."

The ScanEagle drone, which has a 10ft (3m) wingspan, is a long-endurance aircraft built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing.

Iran has released footage of the captured drone.

A report on the website of the Wall Street Journal on Sunday cited US officials as saying that Washington has stepped up its spying operations on Bushehr nuclear plant in southern Iran "over the past two months". The report said that the increased spying missions by the US on the Iranian nuclear facility "has been conducted in part with the Pentagon's fleet of drones operating over the Persian Gulf."

Commander Fadavi further said that the IRGC Navy is fully monitoring all the movements of the foreign forces in the Persian Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz to counter any potential threats.

Earlier in December 2011, the Iranian military also grounded a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft while it was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 140 miles (225km) from the Afghan border.

The US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft was downed with minimal damage by the Iranian Army's electronic warfare unit. The drone was one of America's most advanced spy aircraft.

Last month, Iran repelled a US drone that had entered the country’s airspace above the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic in the Persian Gulf.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1033313

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