The Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, spread it on his Twitter account.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif posted a map on Twitter on Saturday describing in detail the route, location, and demise of the US drone.
The Iranian foreign minister explained that the blue line corresponds to the route taken by the US military drone. before being shot down. The yellow line is the Iran flight information region (FIR): airspace of defined dimensions in which flight information services and alert services are provided.
The red line represents the Iranian territorial waters; while the green indicates the limit of the interior waters. The yellow dots represent the location, where the American drone received radio warnings sent by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran (IRGC) and the red dot is the place of impact.
The escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran – which almost leads to an attack on several targets on Iranian soil canceled “at the last second” – has begun after the IRGCs claimed to have shot down a Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, plane US unmanned surveillance, which, according to them, invaded Iranian airspace in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz.
In the following publication, Zarif has divulged what he has called “one last image”: a map of the world, in which with a red dot he pointed to the point of the demolition of the American drone that “crossed the border of Iran” and how far he was from the US territory.
For more visual detail on the path, location, and point of impact of the U.S. military drone Iran shot down on Thursday, and of the waters over which it was flying, see these maps and coordinates.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) June 22, 2019
There can be no doubt about where the vessel was when it was brought down. pic.twitter.com/eInqIYolaS
Tehran says that on June 19 the drone was conducting espionage operations on the national waters of Iran and refused to change its course despite repeated radio warnings, after which it was shot down.
The next day, the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, published through his Twitter account a first map, which showed the trajectory of the American drone flight brought down. The minister indicated that the device took off from the United Arab Emirates in “hidden mode” and then entered Iranian airspace.
The US Central Command (CENTCOM, for its acronym in English), meanwhile, has denied that its drone RQ-4 Global Hawk has entered the airspace of Iran and has released another map with a flight route to support its claim.
The image seems to agree with the trajectory previously disclosed by Tehran, with the exception of the one registered in the moments before the demolition. Both maps show that the aircraft first crossed the Strait of Hormuz towards the Gulf of Oman, where it remained in flight until it began its return by the same route to the Persian Gulf.
The ISR Flight path and grid plots for the RQ-4A shot down by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz. “This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset that had not violated Iranian airspace at any time …” – Lt Gen Joseph Guastella, @USAFCENT pic.twitter.com/uczI5HF68b— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) June 20, 2019
However, an animation provided by Iran shows that, in the last section, the RQ-4 deviated from its initial route and shortened its way over the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic, in contrast to the Pentagon’s assertion that the device was 34 kilometers from the Iranian coast at the time of being shot down.