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30 July 2017, 12:11 | Cedric Leonard
Business And Markets
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guardsaid today a US Navy aircraft carrier fired a warning shot in an "unprofessional" confrontation with Iranian vessels, the official IRNA news agency reported.
On Tuesday, a patrol vessel of the american navy has fired warning shots against a ship by iranian Guards of the islamic revolution, which was closer than 140 metres, indicated a head of the us Defence.
In a statement on that incident, US Naval Forces Central Command said the patrol craft, the Thunderbolt, fired the warning shots in front of the Iranian vessel after it ignored radio calls, flares and the ship's whistle.
USA warships fired several warning shots at Iranian patrol boats in the Persian Gulf in what Tehran calls another "provocative and unprofessional move".
"U.S. naval forces attempted to establish communications, with no response from the Iranian vessels", the U.S. Navy said in a statement. In this case, the aircraft carrier Nimitz was the lead ship.
A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Iranian boat was armed but its weapons were unmanned.
The confrontation came on the same day the United States slapped a new raft on sanctions on Iran. The Iranian ships then started firing rounds into the water, away from the USA ships.
A USA defense official told NBC News that three Iranian boats were involved and at least one of them had sped toward the USS Princeton, which was part of the Nimitz's carrier strike group.
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. The measure would also apply sanctions to the Revolutionary Guard and enforce an arms embargo.
On Saturday Iran's foreign ministry said the missile program is part of "domestic policy of the country, deterrent and at service of regional peace and security".
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