A US warship fires warning shots before Iranian boats approach Hormuz

A US Coast Guard ship escorting a submarine and other warships near the Strait of Hormuz fired several warning shots on Monday amid the “unsafe” approach of several Iranian speedboats that were “very aggressive”.

A group of Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats arrived within 150 feet of the US warships. Because of this, one of the ships fired about 30 warning shots with a 50-millimeter machine gun, a Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, said at a news conference.

“It’s not safe. It’s not professional and this type of activity can lead to injuries or miscalculations in this area. Unfortunately, harassing the Revolutionary Guard is nothing new,” he said.

A US warship fires warning shots before Iranian boats approach Hormuz
A US warship fires warning shots before Iranian boats approach Hormuz

The US ships entered the Persian Gulf as the Iranian ships approached, Kirby said.

This incident exacerbates tensions between the United States and Iran and marks the second time a US ship has shot at an Iranian ship in the past few weeks. Last month, Washington released a video of the USS Firebolt firing at Iranian speedboats 68 meters from the warship.

However, Washington and Tehran are participating in open negotiations to reintegrate the United States into the 2015 nuclear deal.

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