US drone violated international law
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“International law clearly states that no military aircraft is allowed to enter the airspace of another sovereign state without the exclusive permission of that state,” Eyre said.
“The law in the US is much more restricted on such matters and the US know that what they have done is in violation of international law,” he said.
US President Barack Obama has formally requested the return of the drone, but Eyre told IRNA that the unmanned aircraft “infringed into the territory of Iran and is therefore considered to be an intruder.”
“In the interest of the security of Iran, any intruding military aircraft can be destroyed by whatever measures are required. There is no requirement by Iran to return this unmanned drone,” he said.
“We have seen the US violates many airspaces around the world and as one would expect when they are caught in the act of spying they are deeply embarrassed,” the British analyst suggested.
“This drone is very high tech and I am sure the US is extremely upset that such a top secret stealth drone is now in the hands of Iran,” he said in an interview with IRNA.
There has been growing concern about the use of US drones in warfare, especially over the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which has led to the killing of many innocent civilians.
Eyre said that Pakistan has endured many breaches of its own sovereignty with the intrusion of armed US unmanned drones, but believed that this type of “ad hoc killing” will continue.
“It is a fact that the death rate for innocent civilians is extremely high in Pakistan, especially when one considered that the controller for such drones is many miles away and cannot identify the good guys from the bad,” he said.
“One can see a future trend of many such drones flying around many areas of the world and when one adds to this the existence of ‘Star Wars Weaponry’ such as airborne lasers etc….it is clear that this type of ad hoc killing will continue,” the consultant suggested.
“It is time for the world to tell the United States to pull its head in and stop trying to be the policemen of the world and accept that its ‘Iron Fist’ foreign policy is deeply flawed,” he said.
Peter Eyre – Middle East Consultant