Trump Says 'You'll Find Out' if U.S. Will Strike Iran for Downing Drone

W460

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is not yet making public how he will respond to the shooting down of a U.S .drone by Iran.

"You will find out. Obviously, you know, we're not going to be talking too much about it," he said in the White House.

"They made a very big mistake," Trump said.

"This country will not stand for it, that I can tell you," he added.

Trump however suggested that the drone's shooting down might have been unintentional.

"I find it hard to believe it was intentional," Trump said at the White House in comments that appeared to downplay the incident, despite soaring tension in the strategic Strait of Hormuz area.

"I have a feeling that it was a mistake made by somebody who should not have been doing," he said.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps earlier said it had brought down the surveillance drone after it entered its country's airspace. The Pentagon said the incident occurred in international airspace.

Al-Arabiya television meanwhile reported that Trump met with Pentagon officials to “mull a response to the Iranian attack.”

“The U.S. decision to respond to the Iranian attacks will be taken within hours,” the TV network added.

The incident comes at a time of growing antagonism between Iran and the United States following two waves of still unexplained attacks on Gulf shipping, which Washington has blamed on Tehran.

Iran has denied any involvement and hinted the U.S. might have orchestrated them itself to provide a pretext for the use of force against the Islamic republic.

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard said the downing of the drone was "a clear message" his country will defend its borders.

Trump has repeatedly said he does not favor war with Iran unless it is to stop the country getting a nuclear weapon -- something Iranian leaders insist they are not pursuing.

Critics of the Trump administration say that his policy of "maximum pressure" -- including crippling economic sanctions, abandonment of a complex international deal to regulate Iran's nuclear activities, and deployment of extra sea, air and land forces to the region -- make war ever more likely.

Comments 7
Thumb janoubi 20 June 2019, 17:54

Trump Says Iran 'Made a Very Big Mistake'

I think so too...

Thumb ex-fpm 20 June 2019, 17:58

lol

Thumb s.o.s 20 June 2019, 18:45

We can all agree to that. Ils vont morfler ces perses!

Thumb Mystic 20 June 2019, 19:07

A war with Iran, will make your precious oil go up in price. The Strait of Homuz will be closed.

So Trump will have to think about that.

Thumb Abu-Ivanka 21 June 2019, 03:04

Don't worry Mystic. I have already thought about that. Just wait and see...

Thumb galaxy 20 June 2019, 18:56

Let's hope he does something unlike his predecessor hussain bin obama.

Thumb Ivanka 20 June 2019, 18:58

Daddy is very upset today and he will teach these shia zealots a lesson they won't forget.