Iranians: US Navy ship fired warning flares in Persian Gulf

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.

On Tuesday, a US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots at a Guards boat in the Gulf as it closed in on the American vessel, US officials said.

The Navy ship fired warning shots into the water over concerns of a collision, one of the officials said. The aircraft carrier flew a.

Earlier this week, the USS Thunderbolt patrol ship fired several warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ship in the Gulf.

A USA defense official told NBC News that three Iranian boats were involved and at least one of them had sped toward the USS Princeton, which was part of the Nimitz's carrier strike group.

Jafari's comments come a day after the USA departments of State and Treasury imposed sanctions against 18 entities and individuals tied to the Iranian military, IRGC and the country's ballistic missile program.

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.

There have been a string of close encounters between USA ships and Iranian vessels in the Gulf in recent months.

"A strong answer will be given to the action by the United States", he said.

On Friday, the United States, France, Germany and Britain - who brokered the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran along with China, Russia and the European Union - said they're raising concerns with the United Nations over Iran's Thursday launch of a satellite-carrying rocket into space.


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