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(CNSNews.com) – A U.S. Navy warship in the Strait of Hormuz shot down and destroyed an Iranian drone “threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew,” President Trump said Thursday.
Speaking at the White House, Trump said the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, took “defensive action” after the drone closed to about 1,000 yards and ignored “multiple calls to stand down.”
“The drone was immediately destroyed.”
Trump said the incident was “the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters.”
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“The United States defends the right to defend our personnel, facilities, and interests, and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce,” he said. “I also call on other nations to protect their ships as they go through the Strait and to work with us in the future.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told reporters at the United Nations in New York in response to shouted questions that he had “no information about having lost a drone today.”
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Zarif also posted on Twitter a world map with the outlines of the United States and Iran highlighted, as well as the location of Hormuz. Above the map was a single word, “Reminder.”
The foreign minister was presumably making a point about the relative proximities of Iran and the U.S. to the Persian Gulf, something he raises frequently when questioning the presence of the U.S. in Iran’s backyard.
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Since early May tensions have been rising in the Gulf and surrounding waters, with a number of incidents blamed by the U.S. and allies on Iran. They include:
--The sabotage of four tankers in waters south of the Strait of Hormuz on May 12.
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--Attacks on two more tankers near the Persian Gulf on June 13, and an attempt the same day to shoot down a...
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