U.S. President Donald Trump said that Iran had made a “big mistake” when it downed an RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the U.S. Navy by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Iran made a very big mistake!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2019
Iran shot down the advanced UAV in the morning of June 20 with anti-aircraft missile. The IRGC claimed that the UAV had violated the country’s airspace over the district of Jask County. However, the U.S. military rejected these claims.
A U.S. official told CNN that Trump will hold a meeting to discuss a response to Iran’s action. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and incoming Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper are both expected to attend the meeting. Meanwhile, National security adviser John Bolton will be holding another meeting with Pentagon officials, according to the CNN.
Following his early statement, Trump was asked by CNBC if the U.S. is indeed considering a military response against Iran. The president answer was “you’ll soon find out.”
As the threats from Washington raise to an unprecedented level, Iran’s Foreign Minister took to Twitter to accuse the U.S. of waging “economical terrorism” on Iran. He also revealed that the U.S. has taken “covert actions” against Tehran.
“We don’t seek war, but will zealously defend our skies, land & waters,” Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.
Media sources close to the U.S. allies, such as the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV, reported that Washington could approve a military response within a few hours. The news channel claimed that a limited strike against positions of the IRGC is one of the options being studied by Trump and his administration.
Any military action by the U.S. could lead to a full-on military confrontation in the Persian Gulf, as Iran is determined to respond to any attack. Such a confrontation will likely have a devastating effect on oil trade and global economy.