Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ratcheted up claims surrounding the American drone the country claims it downed, telling Venezuelan state TV that it has been “able to control” it.
“Those who have been in control of the spy plane will analyze the plane’s system,” Ahmadinejad bragged, according to CNN. “The systems of Iran are so advanced also, like the system of this plane.”
In other words, Iran hacked the drone.
Officials claim they brought the drone down with a cyber attack after spotting it flying over Iranian air space. American officials have not confirmed that a missing U.S. drone was the one in the video, and said a malfunction was likely the real reason behind it’s going down and not an attack.
Iranian defense minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi also slammed the U.S. for not offering an apology.
“Their plane invaded Iran and Iranian forces reacted powerfully,” he told the semi-official Mehr news agency. “Now, instead of offering an apology to the Iranian nation, they impudently ask for the return of the plane.”
Fars News Agency also claimed the country had brought down 90 American drones in the past four years.
While it is improbable that Iran has managed to take down that many drones without notice, the American military was dealt another embarrassing blow on Tuesday, when another remote U.S. drone had crashed while landing off the East Coast of Africa, the AFP reported.
Now that Iran has hacked the drone, will a 13-year old kid be next?