Fars News – July 7, 2019
Iran announced on Sunday that it has rejected Washington’s demand for a limited and unimportant attack against the country to save face after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) downed a US drone over its territorial waters.
“When after downing the enemy’s hostile drone, the enemy announced through diplomatic mediators that it intended to carry out a limited operations in an unimportant and deserted region to save face and asked us to avoid giving them a response, the Islamic Republic’s answer was that we consider any operations as the start of war and will respond to it,” Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said in Tehran on Sunday.
He added that Iran responded that in case of any operations, “it will design the battle ground and if you start it, it is us who will say when it ends”.
His remarks came after the IRGC Aerospace Force shot down an American spy drone over the territorial waters of Iran near the Strait of Hormuz at dawn on June 20.
The United States had confirmed that one of its reconnaissance planes was shot down by Iranian air defenses, but denied that it intruded into Tehran’s airspace at the time.
Also, US President Donald Trump said the US air force was “cocked and loaded” to attack three Iranian targets on Friday morning, but he called off the strike with 10 minutes to spare after being told that the airstrike might kill as many as 150 people.
Trump said in a series of tweets that he decided that the death toll was not a proportionate response to the Iranian shooting down of a US spy drone off the Iranian coast.
After Trump’s remarks, Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said that his forces could have shot down a US P8 aircraft with 35 on board which was violating Iran’s airspace, but decided to shoot down the drone to only send a message to Washington.