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Iran Claims Shootdown of Israeli Spy Drone Near Nuclear Site

A security man stands next to an anti-aircraft gun as he looks around Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, 300 km south of capital Tehran, in this 2007 file photo.
A security man stands next to an anti-aircraft gun as he looks around Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, 300 km south of capital Tehran, in this 2007 file photo.
VOA News

Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it has shot down an Israeli spy drone that was approaching its main nuclear enrichment site at Natanz.

The Iranian forces said they targeted the "stealth, radar-evasive" drone with a ground-to-air missile and shot it down before it could reach the restricted nuclear site more than 300 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran.

The statement did not say when the drone was shot down or how Iran knew the unmanned aircraft was Israel's.  Israel said it does not comment on foreign reports.

The Natanz facility houses more than 16,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium.

Iran does not recognize the Jewish state's right to exist, and Israel has often threatened to attack Iranian nuclear installations.

The report of the shootdown of the drone comes as Tehran is in the midst of extended talks over the scope of its nuclear program with six world powers - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany . The United States and its allies have long suspected Iran of developing a nuclear weapon, while Tehran says its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian purposes.

The United States eased economic sanctions against Tehran as part of an interim pact last November, but the world powers extended negotiations until late this year in an effort to reach a more comprehensive deal.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Not Again from: Canada
August 25, 2014 10:20 PM
Israel sells drones to many countries, in addition, a few countries have copied Israeli drone designs. Some time ago, Iran itself had indicated that it had replicated Israeli drone technologies.
Iran is using the Israeli line, to excuse its intention to continue to proliferate arms to proxi-terrorist groups.


by: Igor from: Russia
August 24, 2014 9:56 PM
Israel's silence means its own confession. It is a clear violation of a state's sovereignty. Pls wait to see if there is any international objection, especially from the USA, the UK, France, Germany, Japan...those who are considering themselves the most civilized countries on Earth. I bet that there will be none of them!


by: Maqsul from: Lebanon
August 24, 2014 9:37 PM
hey, with ISIL on their border and Israeli killer robots in the air... this is not a good time to be Iranian... VOA, let me tell you, there are no Iranians in Lebanon... they have all fled.


by: Vladimir
August 24, 2014 8:17 PM
There are Israeli made UAV's in the service of Turkish military. They say it is more advance than Turkish made UAV's.


by: meanbill from: USA
August 24, 2014 6:00 PM
CRAZY as it sounds;.. The US, Iran, Russia, China, Argentina, Greece, Spain, Serbia, and many other countries don't recognize the rights to exist of a lot of declared independent states, (like), Kosovo, Taiwan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, the Falkland Islands, ect...... (BUT), they don't do like the Israeli's do, in trying to kill everybody that doesn't believe they have a right to exist, do they?....... (that's the difference), and the Israeli's use that excuse against the Palestinians to steal their land and keep the forced apartheid occupation of them..... (THINK about that?).... the Palestinians aren't a sliver of a threat to Israel's existence, are they?

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