Lt. General Joseph Guastella, Commander of the Central Command of the Air Force in the US, has ordered that Iran's claim was "apparently wrong," and added that "the aircraft was over the Strait of Hormuz, and fell to the international water. "
They said that the aircraft was falling.
So why is it important if the drone falls into the international airspace compared to the territory of Iran?
By claiming that US aircraft not only violate the highest winds but engaging in "spying and gathering information," Iran likely will try to legally justify its response as self-defense ̵1; walks in the line between sending a message to Washington while limiting the opportunities to retaliate the military.
"The Iranians are clearly trying to demonstrate their ability to defend themselves and to counteract further American action. They probably assume that targeting a drone, they can send that message to the minimal risk, "according to CNN military analyst John Kirby, retired Navy Rear Admiral
The Iranian miscalculation?
A leading Iranian security official seems to suggest the case later Thursday by warning foreign planes against the attack on its space.
Defending all the oceans, lands and borders and raid in its airspace is the & # 39; redline & # 39; this, "said Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamkhani said in a state IRNA news report.
overplayed their hands in this case, Kirby said, drone drone in the international airspace "may now be given Trump administration areas to solicit more support from the international community for any reprisal acts and weaken the European reticence to continue to support Iran's economy. "
According to the Navy's handbook on the Naval Operations Act, an action act is defined as" an attack or other use of force against the United States, US forces, or other designated persons or property ; or with force used directly to prevent or impede the missions and / or obligations of US forces. "
" I want to think of Trump's administration – if they choose – mention the principle of self-defense under the UN Charter and perform operations accordingly, "Kirby said." But those operations were should be proportional to the threat – a threat now made more challenging by the sophistication of Iranian defenses. "" All the guns within the range of Iranian systems should be considered controversial. There is no bigger US rise to combat Iranian air defenses, it will definitely prevent American military options, "he added.
Strategic significance of the Strait of Hormuz
The Pentagon claims that the US drone falls over the Strait of Hormuz is also a significant detail in the broader context of growing tension in the region involving Iran.
No place in the world is more important for the international oil supply than the Strait of Hormuz and the US swore not to allow Iran to block the open passage through the waterway.
The channel, just 21 kilometers wide on its smallest point, is the only way to transfer oil from Persian Gulf to the oceans in the world. And that's why the attack on early Thursday on two ships – the one that carries la nais and others carrying a cargo of chemicals – to the nearby Gulf of Oman is a concern.
If the Strait is closed due to the threat of continued attack, it is a huge blow to the world economy. Oil prices, which have fallen recently, have jumped to 4% in news of Thursday's attack.
The Hormuz Strait, which connects the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, "is the most important point in the world," says the US Energy Information Administration.
President Donald Trump removed an open door for possible military strike against Iran in response to the drop in an American drone in an offensive way Thursday morning by tweeting "Iran has made an enormous mistake! "
However, Trump followed this note by saying that he believed that Iran had erred in the drone of the US drone and was finding it "hard to believe that deliberately meant it."
"Perhaps Iran has made a mistake or someone who mistakenly shot down," he told reporters at the Oval Office.
However, there is also a strong suspicion in many Iranian hawks in-depth analysts, such as the Republican Sens Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, trying to maneuver Trump in a position where a military Confrontation becomes inevitable without an Iranian capitulation that seems unlikely.
And it remains to see how to say Trump management.
"I do not expect this latest incident, by itself, leads to an obvious conflict. But certainly escalatory and, regrettably, may be further limitations to that little space decision Trump has given himself, "says Kirby.
Ryan Browne, Stephen Collinson and Frederik Pleitgen of CNN said in this report.