Iranians: US Navy ship fired warning flares in Persian Gulf

Iranians: US Navy ship fired warning flares in Persian Gulf

Iranians: US Navy ship fired warning flares in Persian Gulf

The USS Nimitz and a second American ship dispatched a helicopter near an oil and gas platform and approached Iranian ships, the IRGC navy said. The Iranian vessels ignored the flares, and the US ships later left the area, CNN reported.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that the U.S. Navy had approached their patrol vessels in the Gulf and fired flares in what it called a provocative move.

The U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet had no immediate comment.

A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Iranian boat was armed but its weapons were unmanned.

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"Iranian vessels did not pay attention to the unprofessional and provocative acts and continued to guard in the zone after the U.S. vessels left", statement of Iran's military leadership said.

A ballistic missile is launched and tested in an undisclosed location in Iran, February. The Guards denied approaching the vessel, and said the Americans were at fault.

In remarks in June 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that security of the Persian Gulf region comes within the purview of the regional countries alone, and dismissed the USA claim of seeking security in the region.

In January, near the end of Barack Obama's term, the USS Mahan fired shots toward Iranian fast-attack boats as they neared the destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz.

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Iran condemned new sanctions against its missile program passed by U.S. Congress, and expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump.

"It is a breach of the deal in articles 26, 28 and 29", said Araghchi.

'We condemn the hostile and unacceptable action, ' he said of the sanctions. The measure would also apply sanctions to the Revolutionary Guard and enforce an arms embargo.

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