US denies reports of losing spy drone to Iran

July 21, 2011 10:23

Iran claims United States was gathering information on Fordow nuclear research site's location when unmanned plane was downed.

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An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft in Iraq.

Armed UAV predator drone 311. (photo credit: Courtesy of US Air Force)

The US denied on Thursday an Iranian report from the day before claiming that the country's Revolutionary Guard had shot down an unmanned US spy plane over its Fordow nuclear site, Voice of America (VOA) radio reported.

Iran claimed that the US was attempting to collect information about the nuclear site's location.

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On Wednesday, an Iranian state-run news website said that the country had shot down an unmanned US spy plane over the Fordow nuclear site a day after it confirmed it was installing a new generation of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges.

"An unmanned US spy plane flying over the holy city of Qom near the uranium enrichment Fordu site was shot down by the Revolutionary Guards' air defense units," MP Ali Aghazadeh Dafsari was quoted as saying by the Youth Journalists Club, affiliated to Iran's state TV.

"The plane ... was trying to collect information about the site's location ," he said, without giving details. He did not say when the incident happened.

If Iran eventually succeeds in introducing the more modern centrifuges for production at Fordow, it could significantly shorten the time needed to stockpile material which can have civilian as well as military purposes, if processed much further.

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