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Iran Says No To Returning U.S. Drone, But Hints At Deal

Iranian officials inspect what they say is a U.S. RQ-170 drone, in a picture released by the official website of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Iranian officials inspect what they say is a U.S. RQ-170 drone, in a picture released by the official website of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps.

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Iran Airs Video Of Captured U.S. Drone

Iran airs video of what it claims is a U.S. drone it brought down through high-tech tactics on its territory. U.S officials admit the loss of an unmanned aircraft with top-secret technology aboard but dispute the circumstances.
A senior commander from Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says his country will not return an American surveillance drone captured by Iranian armed forces but also indicated willingness to reach a deal.

In remarks broadcast today on Iranian state television, General Hossein Salami said the violation of Iranian airspace by the U.S. unmanned drone was a "hostile act."

"The U.S. can, however, compensate this aggressive move by some correct [political] measures," Salami added.

Salami did not give further details on how the United States could compensate Iran.

Iranian television on December 8 broadcast footage of Iranian military officials inspecting what they identified as a RQ-170 Sentinel drone, which they said was detected in Iranian airspace some 225 kilometers from the border with Afghanistan.

U.S. authorities have acknowledged losing the drone.

The IRGC says that the RQ-170 drone was on a spying mission in Iran and was brought down by the IRGC cyber division -- rather than simply being found -- near the city of Kashmar.

"We ourselves are second in the world in drone technology and know quite well how these drones work and what for," Salami said.

compiled from agency reports
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by: Joe from: USA
December 11, 2011 11:48
The ancient Jewish prophets wrote 2500 years ago that God would destroy those Middle East nations that try and eliminate Israel from the face of the earth - that is found in Ezekiel 38 and 39 where both Iran and Pakistan are mentioned in Ezekiel 38:5 as Persia. God told Abraham 4000 years ago in Genesis 12:1-3 that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed - that principle is still applicable today. Since the United States is not found in Bible prophecy, one can conclude that America will not be a major factor before the return of Jesus Christ to the earth.
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by: BSO
December 11, 2011 20:47
Pakistan was never mentioned as Persia. You are out of your mind. Not only the people there look more Indian than Persian but also they do not share any culture or religion with Iran. I understand that you were educated in the USA where all people in the Middle East are labeled as evil Moslems.
"those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed" Muslims believe that Israelites were Muslim. So, does it apply to Muslims too since they believe in Abraham? Arabs are children of Abraham too, does it apply to them? OR IS IT THE POLICY OF THE USA TO PLEASE BOTH SONS OF ABRAHAM: JEWS AND SAUDI ARABS?
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by: Alex from: LA
December 11, 2011 22:23
hahahaha...what is this non-sense. Where was that god when Jews had no Israel or Holocust? Stop talking about fictional dreams of Jews. People do things to each other. Cultures pick sides to benefit themselves or harm others (foes). If Israel starts a war let them fight it out, I don't want my country to help these idiotic states in middle east including Israel, and other places like Pakistan or Turkey, thats already against US. This is stupid of our gov't spending so much on these extremist people like Turks, Israelis, Pakistani's, etc. I rather have that effort here in the US where it matters. Let UK worry about starting wars that they cant win, since they are so good at losing.
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by: Aftab Kazi from: Washington, DC
December 13, 2011 07:47
Dear Joe, I am neither a politician or a political activist. With due respect for your opinion, I just wanted to correct that the very term Pakistan is a recent phenomenon since 1947. Territory that Pakistan -more or less- comprises is historically called Sindh, Iranians and Arabs also called it as Hind, Al-Hind, not Pakistan. Around 100 B.C. Roman geographers or map-makers called it Meluha, this term deriving from word "Malah" which means captain of a ship. Those days Malahs carried out trade from Sindh to all the way the then Toman Empire via the delta cannals of Niles all the way to Greece and then on to Rome. Sindh remained a part of the Persian Empire, hence it was conquered by Alexander the Mecdonian as well. By historical Sindh/Hind/al-Hind we mean the terriroty of the Indus Basin. Sindh or Sindhu is the indegineous name of what is now called Indus after the Grek tradition. Thanks.

by: Uncle Sam from: USA
December 12, 2011 04:32
A "deal"? That's as funny as saying that iran is "not" pursuing nuclear weapons. =D No Deal!
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by: Tom Baxter from: Tallahassee
December 13, 2011 05:55
How can there be any doubt that Iran is building nuclear weapons? Except, of course, by terrorists who think US might lie to provide an excuse for Operation Iran Liberation.

by: ActionJackson from: USA
December 13, 2011 02:53
I dunno, I looked at all the available pictures and my initial thought was that it looked like it was made out of plastic and styrofoam.
I also thought it was funny how this is not long after a chinese general was quoted as saying that his country would fight WW3 to protect Iran, which I am sure was said because of our stance on Taiwan.
Obama actually asked for the drone back, and naturally the enemy refused, and yes I do mean enemy, as in The War on Terror, which Iran is part of the axis.
Was this done on purpose, to try and prod China, to see what they would do?
I mean, if it was/is a real drone, that might be a bad idea, since they love to reverse engineer our stuff.
Anyways, I couldn't care less if some Iranians are pissed at us or not.

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