Trump: 'You'll soon find out' if US will strike Iran

‘Iran made a very big mistake’
FILE PHOTO - US President Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office to speak to the news media before boarding Marine One to depart for travel to Japan from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

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SULAIMANI — Asked if the United States would strike Iran in retaliation after Iran shot down an American drone, US President Donald Trump said to reporters on Thursday (June 20), “You’ll soon find out.”

Trump said earlier on Thursday that Iran made “a very big mistake” by shooting down a US military drone that Tehran said was on a spy mission over its territory, in an incident that fanned fears of wider military conflict in the Middle East, Reuters reported.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump was briefed Wednesday night and again Thursday morning about the incident. She said the administration also would keep in touch with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, according to AP.

“Iran made a very big mistake!” Trump said in a Twitter post.

American and Iranian officials are disputing the circumstances of the incident.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it shot down the drone over Iranian airspace. The US military is calling the downing an “unprovoked attack” and said it occurred over international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz.

The United States, which called the event an “unprovoked attack” in international air space, is pursuing a campaign to isolate Iran to contain its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and limit its role in regional wars.

It was the latest in an escalating series of incidents in the Gulf region, a critical artery for global oil supplies, since mid-May including explosive strikes on six oil tankers as Tehran and Washington have edged toward confrontation.

It was unclear how the United States might respond and U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said Washington had no appetite for war with Iran.

(NRT Digital Media/Agencies)

*Updated at 07:48 p.m. EBL time