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Iran refutes Obama's request for return of downed U.S. drone, considers it "Iran's property"

(Xinhua)

08:40, December 14, 2011

TEHRAN, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Tuesday refuted U.S. President Barack Obama' s request to the return of a reconnaissance drone, as the Islamic republic considers the downed drone as "Iran's property".

Mehmanparast's remarks was in response to Obama's demand on Monday of the return of the drone which, according to Iranian media, was shot down by the Islamic republic' s military in eastern Iran over a week ago after it had transgressed Iranian borders.

"Some media reports say that Mr. Obama has requested for the return of the spy drone. It seems that he has forgotten that Iran' s airspace was violated, spying operations were carried out (and) international laws were violated," Mehmanparast said in his weekly press briefing.

Also on Tuesday, Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi was quoted by local Fars news agency as saying that " the (downed) U.S. spy drone is the property of the Islamic Republic and our country decides what to do in this regards."

Mehmanparast criticized the United States of still making such a request, "instead of an official apology and admitting their crime."

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