Foreign relations between the United States and Iran are becoming ever more strained as the Administration of Barack Obama asks the country to return an unmanned surveillance drone downed in the region.
Obama said Monday that the United States wants the top-secret aircraft back, but there is no indication that Iranian leaders are willing to comply.
The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Tuesday that the Obama Administration’s requests are childlike in light of the likely dubious nature of the failed drone mission.
“This is a bit like a kid asking for his ball back, though I’m not sure he used the word please,” said Yvonne Ridley, a U.K. journalist, in an interview with IRNA. The news outlet also indicates that the drone capture is proof that the United States continuously violates international conventions and violates Iranian airspace.
According to The Associated Press, former Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday called the downing of the drone “a significant intelligence loss“ and suggested that it would have been fairly simple for the United States to “go in and take out the drone.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iranians have “been able to control” the U.S. drone, Venezuelan state TV reported.
“There are people here who have been able to control this spy plane,” Ahmadinejad said. “Those who have been in control of this spy plane surely will analyze the plane’s system. Furthermore, the systems of Iran are so advanced also, like the system of this plane.”