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Watch: Iran releases video it claims shows downed US military drone
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Iranian state TV has shown footage of what it said was "retrieved sections of a US military drone".

The video shows members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard showing wreckage to reports.

It came after both Iran and the US released videos purporting to show the drone being shot down.

READ MORE: Videos released by US and Iran both claim to show drone downing

Revolutionary Guard Amirali Hajizadeh said on the Iranian state TV that the debris was proof that the US drone had been over Iranian territorial waters, which Washington denies, when it was shot down by the guard.

He added that it had not shot down another US plane accompanying the drone as it had 35 people on board.

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Wreckage of the drone was displayed on Iranian TVTASNIM NEWS AGENCY/REUTERS

He added that it had not shot down another US plane accompanying the drone as it had 35 people on board.

"With the US drone in the region, there was also an American P-8 plane with 35 people on board. This plane also entered our airspace and we could have shot it down, but we did not," Hajizadeh said.

Tensions between the two countries have risen in recent weeks after oil tankers passing the Iranian coast were damaged. The US blames Iran, which denies involvement.

READ MORE: Iran-US tensions: What are key players saying about the downing of the US drone?

Donald Trump tweeted late on Thursday evening the US military had been "cocked and loaded" but that he decided to call off the strike when he was told 150 people would die.

“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3different sights (sic) when I asked, how many will die,” Trump wrote in a series of morning tweets. “150 people, sir, was the answer from a General.”

“10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry.”, he added.

He said the sanctions against Iran following the US’ withdrawal from the nuclear deal agreed by the Obama administration were “biting”.