President Donald Trump said that people would "soon find out" whether or not he planned to launch a military strike against Iran in response to Iran shooting down an American drone.
What did Iran do?
Early Thursday morning, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down an RQ-4A Global Hawk drone. Iran claimed that this drone had violated Iranian airspace, but the U.S. has insisted that it was in international airspace and that this was an "unprovoked attack."
Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which oversees the U.S. military presence in the region, said, "Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false."
IRGC leader Gen. Hossein Salam said that his people "do not have any intention for war with any country, but we are fully ready for war."
In a tweet, Trump called the downing of the drone "a very big mistake."
Iran made a very big mistake!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1561040104.0
This is just the latest in a series of escalations between the United States and Iran. Last week, the Trump administration accused Iran of being behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz that leads to the Persian Gulf.
What did Trump say?
As Trump stood near the door of the White House on Thursday, reporters shouted questions to him about the drone incident.
When a reporter called out to him, "Mr. President, will you strike Iran?" Trump responded, "You'll soon find out."
🚨BREAKING🚨 Reporter: "Mr. President, will you strike Iran?" POTUS: "You'll soon find out." https://t.co/DErHAulT8u— Nate Madden (@Nate Madden)1561047920.0