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USA sent message to Iran after drone downing, limited strike warning: Iranian official



DUBAI (Reuters) – The United States sent a message to Iran about a limited strike against the country after the unmanned drone was shot down in the Gulf. Iran's civil society director was quoted as saying by Father's press release on Sunday.

"After downing his penetrating drone, the United States told us through diplomatic agents that it wanted to do a limited operation," said Gholamreza Jalali, who is also Iranian elite revolutionary guards commander.

"But Iran's answer was that we regard any operation as the beginning of a war."

One day after the drone was down in the Gulf, Iranian officials told Reuters on June 21 that Tehran had received a message from the United States President Donald Trump through Oman after the drone had fallen and warning that an American attack in Iran was imminent. Iranian and American officials refused the report.

Later, Trump said he had approved military attacks on Iran, but called them last minute.

The shooting of drone came after weeks of rising tensions following a slate of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf region. Tehran said the drone had violated its airspace. Washington denied this.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing Elaine Hardcastle

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