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Iran rejects US request to return spy drone.
Iran has--unsurprisingly--rejected an American request to return its downed spy drone. President Obama, speaking at a news conference with the visiting Iraqi prime minister Monday, said the United States had asked Iran to give the downed American reconnaissance plane back. "We've asked for it back," President Obama said of the drone Monday. "We'll see how the Iranians respond." Iranian news agencies ridiculed the request on Tuesday as Iranian officials made clear they had no intention of giving back the American drone. "Obama begs Iran to give him back his toy plane," proclaimed a headline from Iran's Fars News Agency Tuesday. "We are still wondering how he shamelessly asked Tehran to give the US back the stealth drone which had violated the Iranian airspace for espionage," the news agency wrote, referring to the American president. "The American espionage drone is now Iran's property, and our country will decide what steps to take regarding it," Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told ran's ISNA news agency Monday, according to a BBC report. In another statement t the Mehr news agency, Vahidi said that "instead of apologizing to the Iranian nation, [the US] is brazenly asking for the drone back." The unusual American-Iran media jousting over the downed RQ-170 drone came as an Iran prosecutor announced Tuesday that he has indicted 15 "American and Zionist" spies. "IRNA on Tuesday quoted Tehran's chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi as saying the suspects carried <b>...</b>