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VOA常速英语新闻:美方无人机误入伊朗国境

比目鱼 于2016-06-27发布 l 已有人浏览
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伊朗电视台上周四发布图片称,伊朗东部边境内有一架美国无人机。高清图片显示是高科技RQ-170侦察机。美方没有对该架侦察机是否为间谍机的问题作出回复,但美方发言人乔治承认美方担心失去技术。
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Iranian state TV released images late Thursday of what it said was an unmanned U.S. drone downed recently just inside Iran's eastern border. The images appear to be the high-tech RQ-170 Sentinel drone, brought down somehow with minimum damage. U.S. officials refuse to confirm whether this is a U.S. spy aircraft, but Pentagon spokesman George Little acknowledges the fear of losing its technology. Technology falling into the wrong hands? Separate and apart from this specific instance - I'm not confirming anything - when U.S. technology falls into the wrong hands, it's always a concern. Earlier this year, the United States abandoned a stealth helicopter that malfunctioned during the raid targeting al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

If this is the drone known as the "Beast of Kandahar," then, like the helicopter, its basic shape, even its skin, is secret. But the CATO Institute's Chris Preble said losing this type of technology to the Iranians is not that big of a threat. He says the U.S. has used drones for at least the past decade as one of many surveillance and defense techniques. The question is whether or not we, the United States, and the other Western powers that are watching the Iranians will change the mix of assets used to monitor them. Last month, the International Atomic Energy Agency released a report citing intelligence about Iranian efforts to develop the technology needed to build nuclear weapons. Western powers suspect Iran is trying to develop such weapons, although Tehran insists its nuclear program is peaceful. Sean Ronny, VOA news, Washington.

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