Washington DC, June 22: United States President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MbS, held a telephonic conversation on Friday during which they discussed Iran and escalating tensions in the Middle East, the White House said.
According to ANI news reports, the development comes shortly after Tehran claimed it’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has shot down a US spy drone when found entering the Iranian airspace on Thursday.
While Iran claimed the “intruding American spy drone” – RS-4 Global Hawk – was downed after it reportedly violated Iranian airspace by entering the southern coastal Hormozgan province, Washington has termed it as an “unprovoked attack”. America claims the spy drone was flying over the international waters when it was attacked.
In a tweet, the US president said, ” … We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it …”
….proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
In order to back its claim, the US released a video showing the spy drone flying over the international waterways, in a response to which Iran released a video which showed the American drone had crossed the Iranian airspace.
The two nations – Iran and the US – having respective proof was same until the last moments ahead of the dowing of an unmanned aeried vehicle.
Trump and MbS discussed the Kingdom’s “role in ensuring stability in the Middle East and the global oil market”, as per Xinhua news reports.
Speaking over the downing of the American drone, the US president on Friday stated he had halted retaliatory move against Tehran just 10 minutes ahead of the strike on Thursday’s night.
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