Iran says its delayed news of US drone capture

December 17, 2011 - 5:25 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says his country deliberately delayed its announcement of the capture of an American surveillance drone to test U.S. reaction.

Ali Akbar Salehi is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying Saturday that Iran's armed forces intercepted and brought down the pilotless aircraft without any foreign assistance.

Iran has displayed the RQ-170 Sentinel drone it captured over the country's east two weeks ago as a feat of its military. The U.S. says the drone went down because of a malfunction.

Iran has rejected U.S. demands to return the drone.