U.S. military ship fires 30 warning shots after encounter with Iranian vessels


  • World
  • Tuesday, 11 May 2021

FILE PHOTO: The USS Monterey military vessel is seen docked in the Black Sea harbour of Constanta, 250 km (155 miles) east of Bucharest June 7, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Monday.

This is the second time within the last month that U.S. military vessels have had to fire warning shots because of what they said was unsafe behavior by Iranian vessels in the region, after a relative lull in such interactions over the past year.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the warning shots were fired after the Iranian fast boats came as close as 150 yards (450 feet) of six U.S. military vessels, including the USS Monterey, that were escorting the guided-missile submarine Georgia.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Maui fired the warning shots from a .50-caliber machine gun before the Iranian vessels left, Kirby said.

"It's significant... and they were acting very aggressively," he said, adding that the number of Iranian vessels was more than in the recent past.

In April, a U.S. military ship fired warning shots after three vessels from IRGCN came close to it and another American patrol boat in the Gulf.

The latest incident comes as world powers and Iran seek to speed up efforts to bring Washington and Tehran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear accord.

U.S. officials returned to Vienna last week for a fourth round of indirect talks with Iran on how to resume compliance with the deal, which former U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, prompting Iran to begin violating its terms about a year later.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil StewartEditing by Chizu Nomiyama and Lisa Shumaker)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In World

'Forever war' authorization measure faces delay in U.S. Senate
Mexican president fires head of powerful auditing ministry
Philippines' Duterte threatens those who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine with jail
Turkey to further ease coronavirus restrictions from July
No plans for Biden to meet new Iranian leader, says White House
WHO setting up hub to make COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa
Mexican president orders probe into border shootings that killed 'innocent people'
Suicide bomber wounds French troops in central Mali
Donaldson seeks to become new leader of Northern Ireland's DUP
EU slaps sanctions on more Myanmar officials, state companies

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers