Iran says it warned off U.S. reconnaissance plane trying to approach Iranian naval maneuvers.

Iran's military warned off a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft trying to…

Iran’s military warned off a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft trying to approach Iranian naval maneuvers, Fars News Agency reported on Tuesday.

The incident involving the two old foes happened on Monday, the semi-official news agency quoted the armed forces chief as saying.

Iran’s navy last week launched eight days of exercises in the Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, in a region crucial for global oil supplies.

“A U.S. reconnaissance aircraft which had intended to approach our operational war games left … upon the timely warning of our air defense forces,” Fars quoted army commander Ataollah Salehi as saying.

He was speaking to reporters as the military test-fired two surface-to-sea missiles in the Gulf of Oman, it added.

There was no immediate U.S. comment on the report.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said last week Iran was challenging U.S. naval power in the Middle East with an array of offensive and defensive weapons.

Salehi said: “It’s past the epoch when America would change the regime in a country by just dispatching a warship.”

Source: Hashem Kalantari for Yahoo! News AP

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