Iran's Revolutionary Guards Accuse US Navy Ships of New 'Provocation' in Gulf

30 July, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps sailing

According to IRIB TV channel, the incident occurred on July 28.

"At 4 pm (1130 GMT) on Friday, the supercarrier USS Nimitz and its accompanying warship, while being monitored by the Guards' frigates, flew a helicopter near the Resalat oil and gas platform and approached the force's ships", the Guards said in a statement, as quoted by AFP. The Iranian vessels ignored the flares, and the USA ships later left the area, CNN reported.

"The Americans made a provocative and unprofessional move by issuing a warning and shooting flares at vessels", the statement said.

The incident comes after a US Navy patrol boat fired warning shots on Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter.

The United States is defending its provoking move against Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf as "professional".

Mr Trump in the past has blasted the Iran nuclear accord as "the stupidest deal of all time", but has certified to Congress that Iran is still complying with the terms of the agreement.

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It is the second confrontation between U.S. and Iranian navies in the Persian Gulf this week.

Earlier this week, the USS Thunderbolt patrol ship fired several warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ship in the Gulf.

The articles in question say the USA administration, acting consistently with the respective roles of the president and Congress, will refrain from re-imposing sanctions or any policy specifically meant to directly and adversely affect the normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran. But serious differences remain over Iran's ballistic missile programme and conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The elite force are a semi-independent branch of Iran's military that answers only to the country's supreme leader the Ayatollah.

Iran pledged to forge ahead with its missile program Saturday.

Iran successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit on the day the sanctions were announced.

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