Iran’s Revolutionary Guard denied Friday that it shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane over a uranium enrichment site, saying Friday that its air defenses had only hit a test target.
The statement carried on the official IRNA news agency was in response to a claim earlier this week by Iranian lawmaker Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari, who said the U.S. drone was shot down as it was flying over the Fordo facility near the holy city of Qom in central Iran. He claimed that the drone was trying to gather information on the underground site.
“What caused the spread of the news was related to the hitting of a test air target by the Guard’s air defense unit in the general region of Qom province,” IRNA quoted the statement as saying.
The Guard, the country’s most powerful military force, claimed that U.S. spy planes are unable to penetrate Iran’s air space.
Source: Ali Akbar Darein for The Associated Press.