Iran drone destroyed by US Navy assault ship

Tensions heighten as the U.S. shot down an Iranian drone just weeks after Iran attacked a U.S. oil tanker.
2:56 | 07/19/19

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Transcript for Iran drone destroyed by US Navy assault ship
We move overseas to Iran where president Strom said a US warship destroyed. Annie Ronnie and drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened in the ship reminder this comes less than a month after tensions. Were rising and the president came close to retaliating with a military strikes I want to bring in Elizabeth McLaughlin at the Pentagon. Elizabeth's Iran denies that anything was shot down so how is there are this miscommunication. Well not exactly ray Iran's foreign minister is saying we didn't lose a drone I talked to a US official this morning who's that. There was at a Ronnie and drum that was destroyed by the U lactic crashed into the waters. IA remains to be see if the US is going to put out additional evidence a to show that in saint. But we know that the U Ronnie and drone that was about a thousand yards from the US this box there. As it was transiting the Strait of Hormuz and that's a very narrow strategic water ray right off the coast or Ryan. And and it used electronic jamming equipment seized this isn't the traditional shooting down with that with a missile. This is. It looks like a vehicle data is on that stack of the ship. The use is sensors and radio frequencies to interfere with the drone and take it down. On the web is what we're looking for next is is how does the U lack assemble a coalition of allies and partners. That will work too weak the waterways safe are they're calling this a maritime security initiative. And they're air represented as in the State Department and the Pentagon who are mean right now. In Washington DC with foreign ambassadors. Trying to get that group together. And maybe they can use more surveillance in the area in order to make sure tankers. And also he you know he military ships like the USS boxer are safe when they're transiting the area. And Elizabeth do you think this is anything that like Americans should be worried about their so much back and forth. Gather certainly a lot it hit for attack here you Saudi Iraqi and shot down. An American drone just last month now either very different incidences that bashing Donovan American drone with a 130 million dollar global Hough very sophisticated. Drowned that has about of the wingspan of a 737. But the very very large drone. We know that well or are what was shot down by US yesterday was much smaller less sophisticated than it is it may be going to provoke. A very strong reaction from you Ronnie is the same lady you thought the US consider military action. But it does not healthy escalating tensions. And there have been several incidences with a Rhine. Taking chefs. That are in the region those tanker attacks but also Jack this week they fed it atheist and baffled that they sent with smuggling boy ill. In that region and so the security initiative that the US is trying to put together is then accept. Or als we Macy's tensions continue rat meat pace of the tax continue to take place. All right Elizabeth McLaughlin at the Pentagon thanks so much for joining us today.

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