US, Iran trade blame over naval in­ci­dent

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

TEHRAN (AFP) — Tehran and Wash­ing­ton Satur­day ac­cused each other’s naval forces of provoca­tive ma­neu­vers in the Gulf that cul­mi­nated in a U.S. he­li­copter fir­ing warn­ing flares at Ira­nian ves­sels, the lat­est close en­counter be­tween the coun­tries in re­cent months.

The U.S. Navy said it had re­acted to un­re­spon­sive ves­sels be­long­ing to the Revo­lu­tion­ary Guards clos­ing in on Amer­i­can ships at high speed, a charge de­nied by Iran, which de­scribed the Amer­i­can move as un­pro­voked.

“At 4 p.m. (1130 GMT) on Fri­day, the su­per­car­rier USS Nimitz and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing war­ship, while be­ing mon­i­tored by the Guards’ frigates, flew a he­li­copter near the Re­salat oil and gas plat­form and ap­proached the force’s ships,” the Guards said.

“The Amer­i­cans in a provoca­tive and un­pro­fes­sional move, sent a warn­ing mes­sage to the frigates and fired flares.”

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