New incident between US and Iranian ships in the Gulf, according to Tehran
A new incident has pitted US and Iranian ships in the Gulf after a precedent that took place last Tuesday. According to a Revolutionary Guard statement published on their official website.
According to the statement, the incident occurred on Friday afternoon between the aircraft carrier Nimitz and the ships accompanying it on one side. The Iranian frigates equipped with missiles on the other.
“At 4 pm local time (1130 GMT) on Friday, the Nimitz aircraft carrier and US escort ships. Under the surveillance of Iranian frigates equipped with missiles in the area near the Ressalat oil field (in the central Gulf region). Took off a helicopter to approach the boats of the Guardians of the Revolution, “the statement said.
He denounced the “provocative and unprofessional attitude of the Americans”, who “issued warnings, including flares to the Iranian frigates.”
The Iranian frigates “nevertheless continued their mission while the American aircraft carrier and its accompanying ships left the zone,” the text added.
On Tuesday, a US Navy patrolman fired warning shots at an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel, which had approached within 140 meters, a US defense official said.
Incidents have increased in recent months between American ships and Iranian ships in the Gulf.
In January, destroyer USS Mahan fired an illuminating flare. As a warning sign, to a Iranian Revolutionary Guard ship approaching him.
Relations between the two countries have become strained since President Donald Trump came to power. Which has increased the number of declarations and hostile actions against Tehran, including imposing new sanctions against the country.
The US Congress again adopted new sanctions this week against Tehran.