A senior commander from Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said Sunday that his country will not return an American surveillance drone captured by Iranian armed forces. However, he also indicated willingness to reach a deal, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
"The U.S. can, however, compensate for this aggressive move by some correct [political] measures," Salami added.
Iranian television broadcast footage Thursday of Iranian military officials inspecting what they identified as a RQ-170 Sentinel drone, which they said was detected in Iranian airspace some 225 kilometers from the border with Afghanistan.
The IRGC says that the RQ-170 drone was on a spying mission in Iran and was brought down by the IRGC cyber division near the city of Kashmar. "We ourselves are second in the world in drone technology and know quite well how these drones work and what for," Salami said.