A US official told that a US Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian Patrol ship near the northern Persian Gulf on Tuesday after the iranian ship came within 150 yards.
The official, speaking on the condition of inconspicuousness, said the USS Thunderbolt fired the warning shots after the Iranian Patrol ship ignored radio calls and the ship’s whistle. Several U.S. Coast Guard ships accompanied The USS Thunderbolt.
The Iranian Naval appeared to be from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said the official.
Years of mutual animosity had eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran last year as part of a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But the conflicts in Syria and Iraq and Iran’s ballistic missile program have made the situations tensed.
US President Donald Trump’s administration recently declared that Iran was complying with its nuclear agreement with world powers and Washington would look for ways to strengthen it. However,warned that Tehran was not following the spirit of the accord.
During the presidential campaign last September, Trump warned that any Iranian Naval ship that iritates the U.S. Navy in the Gulf would be “shot out of the water.”
Similar incidents happen occasionally, the last in January when a U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack ship near the Hormuz Strait after they closed in at high speed and neglected and denied repeated requests to slow down.