President Trump has responded to Iran for shooting down $180 million spy drone over the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. In response to the unprovoked attack, President Trump stated, “ Iran has made a very mistake.” President Trump approved military strikes and on Thursday night and was in minutes of striking three Iranian sites but pulled back the last minute when he learned that over 150 civilians would have been killed in the strikes.
On Twitter, President Trump stated that the attack would “not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone”. Trump also gave praise to US military saying, “by far the best in the world and that Iran “will never have Nuclear Weapons.”
In a statement released by House Republican Kevin McCarthy and Ranking Members Rep. Michael McCaul, Rep. Devin Nunes and Rep. Mac Thornberry they stated that they support our military and that “Congress stands behind President Trump”.
President Trump during a press conference Thursday afternoon with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump explained, there are scientific facts and documentation that the US drone was in international airspace at the time of the attack. Trump also stated that we would have to “wait and see what will happen next.”
Tasnim News Agency reported, the Deputy of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, Qader Rahim-Zadeh stated, “The American plane was targeted after several warnings as a result of American aggressive temper and inattention to international laws.” Rahim-Zadeh continued, “Due to repeatedly violating international laws and crossing identified borders, American planes have received several warnings and all those warnings and flying routes are recorded,” Rahim-Zadeh said.
The $180 million spy drone is known as the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk. The unmanned surveillance aircraft (UAV) has a broad overview and systematic surveillance using high-resolution synthetic aperture radar. The RQ-4 took its first flight on February 28, 1998. It has an Allison Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan engine and carries a payload of 2,000 pounds.
On Twitter, President Trump stated that the attack would “not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone”. Trump also gave praise to US military saying, “by far the best in the world and that Iran “will never have Nuclear Weapons”.
The President also put blame on former President Barrack Obama for the issues with Iran stemming the 2005 Nuclear deal he made with them. President Trump on Twitter staying Obama had made a “terrible deal Iran,” Trump continued that Obama gave billions of dollars to Iran and instead of saying thanking America for the money, “they yelled Death to America.”
Tensions have continued to grow between the United States and Iran in recent weeks after six oil tankers were attacked and with the recent US withdrawal of the 2005 Iran deal. The latest two oil tankers attack’s occurred on June 13, when the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous and the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Limpet mines were used in the attack.
According to the AP, US Navy, Commander Sean Kido, commanding officer of an explosive ordinance dive and salvage task group in the Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) stated,” limpet mine fragments that were found in the attack are distinguishable.” Commander Kido continued to state,” the mines strikingly resemble Iranian mines that are publicly displayed in Iranian military parades.
Limpet mines were developed in 1938 by the British military. They are a naval mine that attaches to their target by magnets. With this particular type of mine, a diver has to swim up to the potential target attaches the mine and has a timed fuse and also include an anti-handling device. Limpet mines are designed to explode when removed from their target.
According to Iran’s State Media On June 13, during an interview with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei when ask if he would ever consider a meeting with Trump. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded that he doesn’t consider, “Trump as a person worth exchanging any message with,” he said.
In recent days the United States has also sent more than 1,000 additional US troops to the Middle East in response to hostile behavior by Iran. Since 2016, pressure against Iran began to escalate. Pressures have included the US withdrew from the 2015 Iran deal, the reinforcement of more of sanctions against their economy, ended exemptions on sanctions on other countries that purchase oil from Iran. In May 2019, as a result of the withdrawing from the 2015 deal with Iran production of enriched uranium and heavy water usage has increased.
The Strait of Hormuz is located between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. It is the only sea passage and is one of the important strategic location for international trade in the world, 40% of total global oil travel through the Strait of Hormuz. It is reported that 17 million barrels pass through the Strait daily.