Iran, US trade blame over naval incident

Iran, US trade blame over naval incident
This US Navy handout photo obtained July 29, 2017 shows the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68)as it transits the Indian Ocean on July 19, 2017.

Tehran - The US Navy said it had reacted to unresponsive vessels belonging to the Revolutionary Guards closing in on American ships at high speed



By AFP

Published: Sat 29 Jul 2017, 11:42 PM

Last updated: Sun 30 Jul 2017, 1:47 AM

Tehran and Washington on Saturday accused each other's naval forces of provocative manoeuvers in the Gulf that culminated in a US helicopter firing warning flares at Iranian vessels, the latest close encounter between the countries in recent months.
The US Navy said it had reacted to unresponsive vessels belonging to the Revolutionary Guards closing in on American ships at high speed, a charge denied by Iran, which described the American move as unprovoked.
"At 4pm 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.
"The Americans in a provocative and unprofessional move, sent a warning message to the frigates and fired flares."


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