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"Neither America nor any other country would dare to violate Iranian territory," the commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, Haji Zadeh, told the Mehr news agency. Tension between Iran and the United States escalated after the Islamic Republic dropped a US airliner that it said was flying over its territorial waters last Thursday. Washington says the plane was in the international space space.

The downing of the US aircraft reflects an evolution in Iran's military capabilities, which, according to experts, could pose a limited challenge to American air superiority in the event of an open war between the two countries. The US Navy's Global Hawk was flying at a high altitude (up to 60,000 feet or 18 kilometers) before being hit by a surface-to-air missile fired by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's ground forces.
For Becca Wasser, an analyst at the Rand security consultancy, this targeting "demonstrates Iran's practical capabilities in this area and its intention to send a message to the United States."

"Iran claims to have used a local SAM system, and if it is true, it will be important, especially since it can," she said, adding that Iran had "bought or developed these anti-aircraft capabilities and knew how to use them. Providing it to allied groups in the region. "

According to a report on the military balance issued by the International Institute for Strategic Studies this year, Iran has 32 Russian SAM-300 surface-to-air missiles received by Moscow from 2016. Iran has also developed copies of these weapons, including Power 373 "And" Sam Raad ", which are presented with other systems in the military reviews.

In a related context, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said that the escalating conflict with the United States would only be resolved if Washington lifted sanctions against Tehran. "Our forces will continue to respond effectively to any aggression from the United States on our borders, such as the downing of the US drone," Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macaron by telephone.

"Iran has no interest in tensions in the region and in particular does not want to go to war, including with the United States," Rohani said, blaming Washington for the current situation. Rowhani said Iran was committed to a seriously threatened nuclear deal but could also show flexibility.

"We will not do anything we can not undo and veto," he said, adding that his country would return to the agreement if the other five countries – France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany – fulfill their obligations under the agreement. He stressed that if Washington committed to the agreement, it would achieve "positive developments regionally and internationally .. But the Americans have caused harm to everyone with their unilateral withdrawal, including the American people."

HZ / WB (AFP)

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