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Argentina: Zarif ‘didn’t know or lied’ about drone being downed, says Pompeo

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “either didn’t know or lied” about the shooting down of an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf, speaking at a press conference in Buenos Aires on Friday.

“It went down, and the fact that Foreign Minister Zarif either didn’t know or lied about it, I can’t account for. It happened,” Pompeo said at a joint press conference with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Fauie.

“President Trump will make the decision about how to proceed,” said Pompeo with regards to the rising tensions between Washington and Tehran.

“He’s made it clear we’re prepared to conduct negotiations with no preconditions,” Pompeo added.

On Friday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) released images which it said proved the US had not shot down one of its drones in the Strait of Hormuz.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have been rising after Trump ordered but then called off airstrikes against Iran following the downing of a US drone.

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