RQ-170 drone
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'Russia, China asked to inspect downed US drone'

Iranian website says countries asked to send experts in order to closely examine aircraft. 'if American plane more modern than ours, we will without doubt duplicate it, build our own,' says Iranian official

Chinese and Russian military officials requested to send experts to Iran, in order to examine the American drone that crashed in Iranian territory earlier this week, Nasim Online news website reported on Thursday.


Meanwhile, Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Tehran's intention to display the stealth drone in public "is a testimony to the power of the Iranian regime."


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According to Boroujerdi, shooting down the American aircraft sends a clear message to Western states, which "should be aware of Iran's might and not make any mistakes."


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"Eentering Iranian airspace without authorization is an illegal invasion, he added, "And it is our legitimate right to rapidly respond to any such attack.


Media frenzy

The committee chairman also noted that shooting down the American drone has stirred a media frenzy around the world, claiming that even China and Russia "were astonished by our great armed forces."


Committee member Hussein Ibrahimi added that "if the American plane is more modern than those used by Iran, we will without doubt duplicate it and build one of our own."


The RQ-170 Sentinel, a high-altitude stealth drone known as the Beast of Kandahar, went down in Iran while on a surveillance mission. Iran said it shot the drone down, but the US maintained it crashed due to a malfunction


Earlier, it was reported that The US considered sending in covert missions to Iran to recover or destroy a drone that crashed in the country.


According to the Wall Street Journal, US officials considered sending in a commando team to recover the drone, sending in a team to blow it up or destroying the wreckage with an air strike.


Meanwhile, the Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned a delegate form the Swiss Embassy in Tehran to officially protest the breach of Iranian airspace, Iran's state TV reported.


The Swiss Embassy in Tehran represents the US in Iran, since its own embassy in Tehran closed.






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