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Iran Strongly Warns US against Violating its Airspace.

"In its strong protests, the Islamic Republic of Iran has urged the US to remain committed to its international obligations for observing principles and regulations of international law and the principle of our country's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity," Mehmanparast said on Monday.

He added that the US military fleet violated Iran's airspace eight times in October, noting that in two separate letters to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, Tehran has called on the international bodies to warn American officials against continuation of such violations in the future.

We believe that the countries' noncompliance with international principles and norms can undermine regional and global stability and security, the Iranian spokesperson pointed out.

He emphasized that Iran reserves the right to give necessary response to any issue pertaining to protecting its airspace in line with international regulations.

"We have previously warned all countries and the fake Zionist regime [of Israel] that all [countries] should respect Iran's airspace and maritime borders and issues pertaining to the country's national sovereignty," he added.

Earlier in November, Iran's military repelled an unmanned aerial vehicle that had entered the country's airspace "above the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic in the Persian Gulf."

The Pentagon claimed two Iranian warplanes had fired at a US drone as it conducted a routine, but classified, surveillance mission over the Persian Gulf about 16 nautical miles off the Iranian coast.

However, Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, revealed that the drone had been driven away by Iranian forces as it attempted to gather oil and economic intelligence around Kharg Island in southern Iran.

The general stated that the country's armed forces would respond with stronger action if US drones attempted to violate Iran's airspace again.

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Date:Nov 27, 2012
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