Iran protests alleged US overflights

Iran sent protests to the United States condemning the alleged illegal overflights by two unmanned American aircraft that crashed in Iran in recent months, according to documents circulated at the United Nations on Monday. Iran's deputy UN ambassador Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi asked the UN Security Council on Oct. 26 to circulate two letters protesting "the violation of the territory and airspace of Iran by two American unmanned aircrafts." The two letters, which were circulated Monday, warned that "the government of the United States of America will be responsible for the consequences of any recurrence of its unlawful acts." According to the letters, during illegal overflights an American Shadow-200 (RQ-7) aircraft crashed 60 kilometers (about 38 miles) inside Iranian territory in Ilam province on July 4, and an American Hermes aircraft crashed 200 kilometers (125 miles) inside Iranian territory in the Khoram Abad area on Aug. 25. Lt.-Col. Barry Venable, a Defense Department spokesman, said the Pentagon has not yet seen Iran's complaint.