December 12th, 2011
01:32 PM ET

U.S. wants drone back from Iran, Obama says

President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States has asked Iran to return a U.S. drone aircraft that Iran claims it recently brought down in Iranian territory.

"We've asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond," Obama said in a news conference.

The president's comments come one day after it was reported that an Iranian official said the country would not return the drone.

"No nation welcomes other countries' spy drones in its territory, and no one sends back the spying equipment and its information back to the country of origin," said Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the Armed Forces, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

"It makes no difference where this drone originated and which group or country sent it to invade our air space," Salami said. "This was an act of invasion and belligerence."

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  1. bobcat ( in a hat )

    How will Iran respond to this request ? Really ?
    How about like this :

    K-I-S-S --O-F-F

    December 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Absol

    Come on now Obama. Do you really think Iran will just give this thing back to you?

    December 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    For a couple of tonnes of enriched uranium, maybe 1200 new centrifuges, and a partridge in a pear tree, maybe we can talk!

    December 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mario Garcia

    It seems ridiculous that in such a state, the US Military asks for its spy drone back. I would not return it.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Why does Obama think that they would return it?
    We could force them to do it. Are we willing to force Iran to return our drone?

    December 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Oh, I get it.
    Obama is going to bow to their leader.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Oh, come on, Mr. President, seriously?
    I'm no fan of Iran's, but I wouldn't give it back, either.

    We fupped duck.
    Admit it, and move on.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Wrong country, JIF.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. justathought

    Of course we want it back, but don't even bother to dream about it. Throwing a dropped sword back to the opponent only happens in movies.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Well, I guess we'll just show Iran by making them feel terribly guilty.
    They'll be sorry if they're not magnanimous about this.
    Oh, boy!

    December 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Troll detector

    Send in another drone to destroy's the only way.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. noodlez

    well if Iran nabbed it outside of thier airspace, they are in violation. but im just thinking around what the media is telling me. Unlike alot of you cattle.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO

    How about "If you don't give us back the drone, we'll destroy your nuclear plant. If you do give us back the drone, we might not."

    December 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • magmag

      How about if you want it back, come and get it? Destroy a plant??!!! really??!! is that the best excuse you can find to attack a plant??!! your drone didn't reach anywhere, u think war planes will reach that far? grow a couple please.

      December 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      What makes you think that you can violate country's air space and still show agrression? You cannot walk into some one else soil without permission and expect hospitality...

      December 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      It might be difficult to see on the internet, but you obviously both missed the tongue planted firmly in cheek.

      December 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jimmy Carter

    I think Obama should ignore the issue for about a year, then send in a helicopter rescue for the drone. Just don't do it before the election, because it will work against him when it fails.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • 123

      what a dumb idea, in a year china will probably have made millions of them for like $1

      December 13, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kyser

    I think Obama's tone was one of sarcasism, but you can't get that from reading text. He was Trolling the hell out of Iran.....

    December 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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