Watch: Big Explosion As Iran Shoots Down USA’s Drone; World Fears Escalation Into Full-Blown WarA screenshot from the video footage released by Iran itself. (via Twitter)

Islamic Republic of Iran has released a video of shooting down United States’ drone which it alleged, breached into Iranian airspace for reconnaissance purposes. The video released has a thundering background music, and shows Iranian Raad defence system being fired to destroy the drone.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the country would take the complaint to the UN that the US "encroaches on our territory" while US denies the allegations, and says that the drone was in international waters.

As the game of chicken is on between the two countries, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint. Russia's President Vladimir Putin has warned that war between the US and Iran would be a "catastrophe with unpredictable consequences".

Reportedly, President Trump ordered retaliatory strikes on Iran after the incident, however, pulled back abruptly on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions

Trump said that Iran had made a mistake.

"I think probably Iran made a mistake - I would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake in shooting that drone down," he said. "It could have been somebody who was loose and stupid," he added.

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