Iran, US Navies Engage in Second Encounter in One Week

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A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fired warning shots at Iranian vessels in the Gulf, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps said Saturday, the second such incident in less than a week.

The US Navy ships were intercepted by IRGC missile boats near the Resalat gas-oil field, when they approached the Iranians and dispatched a helicopter at 4pm on Friday, according to the statement.

In a provocative and unprofessional action, the Americans even fired warning shots at the Zulfaqar navy boats; however, the IRGC forces pursued their mission in the region until the USS Nimitz and the other warship left the region in central Persian Gulf. The aircraft carrier was accompanied by cruiser.

In January, the USS Mahan fired shots toward Iranian fast-attack boats as they neared the destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz.

A United States official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Iranian boat was armed but its weapons were unmanned.

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In remarks in June 2016, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that security of the Persian Gulf region comes within the purview of the regional countries alone, and dismissed the USA claim of seeking security in the region.

The Trump administration recently declared that Iran was complying with the nuclear deal, but warned that Tehran was not following the spirit of the accord and that Washington would look for ways to strengthen it.

The latest incident comes after the US Congress approved new sanctions against Iran.

The Guards denied approaching the U.S. ship on that occasion and said it was the American vessel that had been at fault. The Iranian ships then started firing rounds into the water, away from the US ships.

The US legislation imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them.

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