Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that they are able to control the downed U.S. drone leading people to speculate they can reverse engineer the technology.
Certainly they don’t think they just have to plug in an XBox controller?
“There are people here who can control this spy plane, surely we can analyze this plane too,” Ahmadinejad told VTV. “The systems of Iran are as advanced as this system.”
President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States has asked Iran to return the drone aircraft that Iran claims it recently brought down in Iranian territory.
“We’ve asked for it back. We’ll see how the Iranians respond,” Obama said.
Ahmadinejad comments to VTV seemed to suggest that Iran did not have plans to return the aircraft.
“The North Americans at best have decided to give us this spy plane,” Ahmadinejad said. “In the unpiloted planes, we have had many advances, much progress and now we have this spy plane.”
Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the drone no longer belongs to Washington.
“The U.S. spy plane is among the assets of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Vahidi told reporters Tuesday, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. “Our country will decide what to do with it.”
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