US says it shot down an Iranian drone

US says it shot down an Iranian drone

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The U.S.Boxer “took defensive action” in opposition to the Iranian drone, President Trump acknowledged

President Donald Trump has acknowledged the US Navy shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.

He acknowledged the usBoxer amphibious assault ship “took defensive action” on Thursday after the drone came within about 1,000 yards (914m) of the vessel.

Iran acknowledged it had no files about shedding a drone. In June, Iran downed a US military drone in the assign.

Earlier, Tehran acknowledged it had seized a “foreign tanker” and its 12 crew on Sunday for smuggling gasoline in the Gulf.

Iran has been blamed by the US for assaults on tankers since Would perhaps well additionally on this planet’s key shipping assign. Tehran denies the full accusations.

The recent incidents maintain triggered fears of a military war in the predicament.

What did President Trump disclose?

Talking at the White Condominium, he acknowledged: “I are making an strive to apprise all individuals of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz this day lively USS Boxer, a navy amphibious assault ship.

“The Boxer took defensive action in opposition to an Iranian drone which had closed into a extraordinarily, very near distance, approximately A thousand yards, ignoring extra than one calls to stand down and used to be threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew. The drone used to be straight destroyed.

“This is the most modern of many spellbinding and adversarial actions by Iran in opposition to vessels working in world waters. The United States reserves the perfect to defend our personnel, facilities and interests.”

Washington earlier acknowledged Iran must straight release the tanker it acknowledged it had seized.

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Media captionIran releases photos of seized ‘gasoline-smuggling’ tanker

Iran’s tell media quoted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as pronouncing the vessel had been smuggling 1000000 litres (220,000 gallons) of gasoline.

The tell media later printed photos of Iranian speedboats circling across the Panamanian-flagged Riah tanker.

The tanker used to be seized south of Iran’s Larak Island, Iran acknowledged.

What’s the background to this?

Tensions were high in the Gulf for the explanation that US tightened the sanctions that it reimposed on Iran’s oil sector after unilaterally withdrawing from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

The US has blamed Iran for two separate assaults on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman in Would perhaps well additionally and June – an allegation Tehran has denied.

Iran also shot down a US surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran acknowledged the plane had violated Iranian airspace, and that the incident sent a “decided message to The United States”.

The US military acknowledged the drone had been over world waters at the time, and condemned what it known as an “unprovoked attack”.

UK warships maintain meanwhile been shadowing British oil tankers in the assign since Iran threatened to take one per the impounding of an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar.

The UK acknowledged the tanker used to be suspected of breaching EU sanctions in opposition to Syria. Iran denied it used to be en route there.

US Central Screech Chief Total Kenneth McKenzie, speaking on a visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, acknowledged he used to be working “aggressively” to web a acknowledge to free passage for ships thru the Gulf predicament, Reuters news agency reports.