Iran military shoots down Israeli drone approaching its nuclear site
IRAN: Iran’s military says it has shot down an Israeli
drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site. The country’s elite
Revolutionary Guard fired at the drone as it neared a uranium-enrichment
facility in Natanz, according to a statement on the Revolutionary Guards'
The statement said, “The downed aircraft was of the
stealth, radar-evasive type and it intended to penetrate the off-limits nuclear
area in Natanz... but was targeted by a ground-to-air missile before it managed
to enter the area.
“This wily act further exposed the Zionist regime’s
adventurous temperament and added yet another black page to a record filled
with crime and mischief.” The Revolutionary Guard did not say when the drone
was shot or how they established it was fire from Israel.
The Israeli government has yet to comment on the
incident, which comes as world powers negotiate with Iran over its contested
nuclear program. Tehran says its program is for peaceful purposes - but the
West fears the country is trying to establish itself as a nuclear power.
A deal struck last November saw sanctions against Iran
eased in exchange for it limiting its enrichment of uranium. Israel has not
ruled out taking military action against the country's nuclear facilities if
its capability to build an atomic weapon progresses.
Iran’s nuclear program has been the target of
espionage and sabotage efforts in the past, notably in 2010 when the Natanz
plant was struck by the so-called Stuxnet computer virus. Since then, Iran has
said it has discovered timed explosives planted on centrifuges, but disabled
them before they could go off. In 2011 Iran said it captured several American
drones that violated its airspace.