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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' website.

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.