US Drone Downed over N-Site
Iran: US Drone Shot Down over Nuclear Site

Iran says it shot down an unmanned US drone that was gathering information on a uranium enrichment facility. The US has not commented.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu,

AA gun at Natanz nuclear site.
AA gun at Natanz nuclear site.
Israel news photo: Wikimedia Commons


Iran says it shot down an unmanned U.S. drone that was gathering information of a uranium enrichment facility at the Fordo nuclear site in the central Qom region, according to official government media. The United States has not commented.


National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ali Aqazadeh Dafsari announced that the Revolutionary Guards air defense officers brought down the drone.


Iran's Foreign Ministry said that the Islamic Republic is installing a new generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges in the country's nuclear facilities for what he called Iran’s “peaceful nuclear program.”


The Fordo site is situated adjacent to a military complex for protection in case of an attack, and Iran did not admit that the site existed until Western intelligence sources identified it two years ago.


It reportedly is buried nearly 300 feet underground in a mountainous region. Israel and the Saudi Arabia suspect that Iran is using the facility for 20-percewnt low-enriched uranium that could allow it to produce a nuclear weapon.


Estimates of when Iran will be able to manufacture and to deliver a nuclear warhead vary from several months to three years.