The two countries are on bad blood when U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz President Trump announced last Thursday.
“The U.S. reserves the right to defend personnel, facilities, interests,” Trump stated.
The device, known as the Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System, deployed for the first time in January aboard the USS Kearsarge, the same class of warship as the USS Boxer. U.S. officials told Fox News later Thursday that electronic jamming equipment was used by the Marines on board took down the drone.
US Warship Destroyed Iranian Drone
To break the alleged intruding drone, USS Boxer took defensive action after the drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and true enough, the president called it the latest “hostile” action done by Iran.
The president stated that the drone threatened the safety of the American ship and its crew. Trump also added fuel to the fire and called the other nations to condemn what he described as Iran’s attempts to trespass and destroy the freedom of navigation and global commerce in the strategic waterway in the Persian Gulf region.
” A fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range at approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew.” Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman confirmed to Fox News in a statement.
On the other side, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Thursday he had “no information about having lost a drone today.”
The latest encounter ignited a fire and heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the wake of the breakdown of the nuclear deal, as the secretive regime announced it exceeded the threshold of low-enriched uranium stockpile as agreed upon in the 2015 accord.
Earlier Thursday, Iran’s state television said that contradicting forces captured a foreign tanker with a crew of 12 accused of smuggling oil. Amid allegations that the tanker was smuggling fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers, the tanker was seized by Revolutionary Guard forces on July 14 after getting intercepted south of Iran’s Larak Island in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Iran recently shot down a U.S. drone that it said was flying over Iran. And for the last minute, Trump called off a planned retaliatory airstrike.
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