Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran’s Foreign Minister has announced that Iran will pursue what it calls the U.S. invasion of Iranian airspace “in the framework of the international conventions and defend the rights of its people.”

Last Sunday, Iranian military forces reported that they had downed a U.S. RQ-170 spy drone with minimal damage.

In an interview with IRNA, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi siad U.S. authorities have sent a message through the Swiss embassy calling for the return of the drone.

Salehi said the Supreme Council of National Security will make the final decision about the drone.

The drone entered Iran through Afghanistan’s border. Salehi added that Iran has urged Afghanistan to investigate the matter to prevent a recurrence of this “hostile act.”

Salehi said that because the drone’s border crossing is considered an “invasion” of Iranian territory, Iran has written letters of complaint to the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Non-Aligned Movement.

He added that Iran also plans to file a complaint in international courts.