A US Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning pictures after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) got here near it and different American Navy vessels within the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon mentioned on Monday.
That is the second time throughout the final month that US navy vessels have needed to hearth warning pictures due to what they mentioned was unsafe conduct by Iranian vessels within the area, after a relative lull in such interactions over the previous yr.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned the warning pictures had been fired after the Iranian quick boats got here as shut as 150 yards (450ft) of six US navy vessels, together with the USS Monterey, that had been escorting the guided-missile submarine Georgia.
The US Coast Guard cutter Maui fired the warning pictures from a .50-caliber machine gun earlier than the Iranian vessels left, Mr Kirby mentioned.
“It is important… they usually had been performing very aggressively,” he mentioned, including that the variety of Iranian vessels was greater than within the latest previous.
In April, a US navy ship fired warning pictures after three vessels from IRGCN got here near it and one other American patrol boat within the Gulf.
The newest incident comes as world powers and Iran search to hurry up efforts to deliver Washington and Tehran again into compliance with the 2015 nuclear accord.
US officers returned to Vienna final week for a fourth spherical of oblique talks with Iran on find out how to resume compliance with the deal, which former President Donald Trump deserted in 2018, prompting Iran to start violating its phrases a few yr later.