U.S. warships fire 30 warning shots after encountering an Iranian ship

Washington-Iran’s Navy of the Army Revolutionary Guard (IRGCN) has fired about 30 warning shots after 13 ships from the Strait of Hormuz approached other US Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The Pentagon said on Monday.

U.S. military vessels fire warning shots after the relatively calm of such interactions over the past year because they said they were dangerous actions by Iranian vessels in the area. It was the second time I had to do it last month.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Iran’s high-speed craft was fired after approaching 150 yards (450 feet) of six U.S. warships, including the USS Monterey, which was escorting the guided missile submarine Georgia. It was.

According to Kirby, the US Coast Guard cutter Maui fired a warning shot from a .50 caliber machine gun before the Iranian ship left.

“It’s important … and they were acting very aggressively,” he said, adding that Iran had more ships than recently.

In April, a U.S. warship fired a warning after three ships from the IRGCN approached it and another American patrol boat approached the bay.

The latest incident occurs when world powers and Iran are accelerating efforts to bring Washington and Tehran into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

US officials returned to Vienna last week for indirect negotiations in the fourth round with Iran to discuss how to resume compliance with the agreement abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in 2018.

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart