Iran Formally Accuses US of 'Illegal and Provocative Acts'

Iran has filed formal accusations against the U.S., accusing it of carrying out "illegal and provocative acts."

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Rachel Hirshfeld ,

helicopter from US aircraft carrier over Iran
helicopter from US aircraft carrier over Iran

Iran has accused the United States of carrying out "illegal and provocative acts" in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman, including repeated violations of Iranian airspace.

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee, filed the formal accusations Friday in a letter sent to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as well as the U.N. Security Council.

The letter details several specific incidents in October and November during which American drones entered Iranian airspace, despite radio warnings.

Khazaee cited the incident on November 1, when an Iranian jet shot at an American predator drone in the Persian Gulf.

According to the Pentagon, the drone was performing "routine surveillance" over international waters but was not ultimately hit.

In December of last year, Iran captured an American Sentinel spy drone inside Iranian territory, in what the regime touted as a major victory.

Iranian officials said then that they were able to bring down the drone via a cyberattack, but American officials have neither confirmed nor denied the claim, according to CBS News. 

In the letter Khazaee asks the U.N. to warn Americans “against the continuation of acts in violation of international law and of the adverse consequences of any provocative and dangerous acts for which the United States government would be held responsible.”

The White House did not return a request for comment.