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    Iranian FM Zarif Reveals Detailed Map of Downed US Drone's Route

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    The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (ISRC) stated on 20 June that it had shot down a US surveillance drone over the coastal Hormozgan Province, facing the Persian Gulf, for entering Iranian airspace, while the US claimed the drone was in international airspace.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has posted on Twitter a detailed map with the "path, location, and point of impact of the US military drone Iran shot down" on 20 June.

    "At 00:14 US drone took off from UAE in stealth mode & violated Iranian airspace. It was targeted at 04:05 at the coordinates (25°59'43"N 57°02'25"E) near Kouh-e Mobarak. We've retrieved sections of the US military drone in OUR territorial waters where it was shot down", he said.

    According to Zarif, Tehran doesn't seek war, "but will zealously defend our skies, land & waters".​

    Earlier, the Iranian foreign minister assured that Tehran intends to prove that the United States is lying by claiming that its drone was downed by the Iranian Army while in international airspace.

    US President Donald Trump reacted to the incident by saying that Iran made "a very big mistake", adding that the US military is ready to strike targets in Iran in response to the downing of the drone, but he called off the attack at the last minute because he deemed the response disproportionate.

    Tensions in the region have escalated since the US increased its military presence in the Persian Gulf in what US National Security Adviser John Bolton described as "a clear and unmistakable signal to the Iranian regime that any attack on the interests of the United States or [its] allies will be met with ruthless force".

    Last week, two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz. While the cause of the incident remains unknown, the United States claims Iran sabotaged the vessels.

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