Iranian foreign minister denies Iran's involvement in Red Sea drone attack

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s Foreign Minister

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# 16 November 2023 14:41 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian denied that his country was responsible for a drone attack in the Red Sea that appeared to be targeting a U.S. missile destroyer, APA reports citing CBS News.

The drone, which originated from Yemen, was shot down early Wednesday morning by the USS Thomas Hudner as it was "heading in the direction of the ship," according to a statement from the Pentagon.

"We really didn't want this crisis to expand," Amir-Abdollahian told CBS News on Wednesday, referencing the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. "But the U.S. has been intensifying the war in Gaza by throwing its support behind Israel. Yemen makes its own decisions and acts independently."

The Pentagon did not say who it believes fired the drone, but the incident comes after Houthi militants in Yemen earlier this week vowed to attack ships in the Red Sea.