UNITED NATIONS - The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has denounced last month's violation of Iranian airspace by a US spy drone.

The NAM's Coordinating Bureau issued the statement on Wednesday, saying the violation of Iran's airspace contravenes all universally accepted international norms relating to the sovereignty of the airspace of countries.

Earlier this month, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also censured the breach of Iranian airspace by the US spy drone.

On December 4, Iran announced that an electronic warfare unit of the Iranian armed forces took control of a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone, which was flying over the northeastern Iranian city of Kashmar, and gave it the command to land in Iran.

On December 12, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that Washington had submitted a formal request asking Iran to return the drone. One day later, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced that the aircraft would remain in the country's possession since it was the property of the Islamic Republic.

The NAM statement said that the drone activity " contravenes all universally accepted existing international norms relating to sovereignty and inviolability of air space of sovereign countries and the basic purposes of peaceful and friendly relations that should exist among sovereign states." The statement added that the drone action by the US also contradicts the founding principles of the NAM.

NAM condemns drone intrusion

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UNITED NATIONS - The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has denounced last month's violation of Iranian airspace by a US spy drone.

The NAM's Coordinating Bureau issued the statement on Wednesday, saying the violation of Iran's airspace contravenes all universally accepted international norms relating to the sovereignty of the airspace of countries.

Earlier this month, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also censured the breach of Iranian airspace by the US spy drone.

On December 4, Iran announced that an electronic warfare unit of the Iranian armed forces took control of a US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone, which was flying over the northeastern Iranian city of Kashmar, and gave it the command to land in Iran.

On December 12, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that Washington had submitted a formal request asking Iran to return the drone. One day later, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi announced that the aircraft would remain in the country's possession since it was the property of the Islamic Republic.

The NAM statement said that the drone activity " contravenes all universally accepted existing international norms relating to sovereignty and inviolability of air space of sovereign countries and the basic purposes of peaceful and friendly relations that should exist among sovereign states." The statement added that the drone action by the US also contradicts the founding principles of the NAM.