Iran says it's 'ready for war'

Iran shot down a U.S. Navy drone while it was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. official told ABC News.
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Breaking news. We want to get right to that. The U.S. Confirming Iran shot down an American drone. Our chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz starts us off with the latest. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning, robin. This is a significant and dangerous provocation. There have been a spate of attacks blamed on Iran in recent weeks but this is a direct attack on a U.S. Military asset. This drone is one of America's most sophisticated unarmed surveillance aircraft. The U.S. Says the drone was operating in international airspace over the strait of hormuz, that for row but vital oil shipping waterway when it was struck by an Iranian surface to say missile. Iran does not deny shooting down the U.S. Aircraft, but claims it was in Iranian territorial airspace. The commander of the revolutionary guard saying our borders are a red line. Any enemy that violates them will not return and will be destroyed adding that Iran does not intend to engage in war with another country, but saying Iran is ready, robin. You say that they're claiming that their border is the red line. What can the U.S. Do about that? Reporter: Well, you've heard president trump downplay the attacks on the oil tankers but, again, this is a U.S. Military asset. But the U.S. Also has to be careful not to overreact. The Iranians may want a retaliatory strike to garner support at home and from allies in the region but this will be urgently discussed here at the highest level, robin. Martha, thank you. We'll bring in colonel Steve ganyard for more. What is your take on all that we are weigh reporting this morning, Steve? Robin, unfortunately, the U.S. And Iran are getting very close to war. A country's sovereign airspace goes out to 1 nautical miles. If the drone was outside that 12 nautical miles it had every legal right to be there and the Iranians' shootdown was completely illegal so it's a very tense situation and the U.S. Is going to have to respond in some way. I know we're claiming it's international airspace but as you alluded to it's a very defined and small area. Is there any chance that it may have wandered into that territory? It's possible. It's possible, robin. The U.S. Navy an U.S. Military forces are going to have to confirm this don't didn't inadd vertently strain. The Iranians are putting on a brave face saying we're ready for war. The question is did they make a mistake and inadvertently shoot it down or do it deliberateny in an attempt to goad the U.S. Into military response. Steve, thanks so much. Now to a terror plot targeting a Pittsburgh church

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