Sunday 18 February 2018

Iran shoots down 'advanced' Israeli drone near nuclear site

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said yesterday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, recovering major parts of what it described as an advanced aircraft.

The incident comes as Iran negotiates with world powers over its nuclear programme and hard-liners press moderate President Hassan Rouhani to demand more concessions before limiting its atomic capabilities.

Israel has not ruled out taking military action against Iran's nuclear facilities if its capability to build an atomic weapon progresses.

The Guards said its forces fired a missile at the drone as it neared its uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, some 240km south of the capital Tehran. The statement did not say when it shot down the drone.

Gen Ramazan Sharif told Iranian state television that officials believed it to be a "new generation" drone used by Israel. "Major parts of the devices of the drone are intact and have been received by our friends that can be used for further information," he said.

Irish Independent

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