Iran reject US request to return captured drone

The unmanned aircraft was now “property” of Iran and it was up to Iran to decide what to do with it, Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said.

Mr Vahidi said the US should apologise for invading Iranian air space.

Iranian TV has broadcast pictures of the RQ-170 Sentinel. Tehran says it was brought down using electronic warfare; Washington says it malfunctioned.

“The American espionage drone is now Iran’s property, and our country will decide what steps to take regarding it,” Mr Vahidi was quoted as saying by the Isna news agency, following a call for the aircraft’s return by US President Barack Obama on Monday. Read rest of story.