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United States defends its provocation against Iran in Persian Gulf

United States defends its provocation against Iran in Persian Gulf

The USS Nimitz and a second American ship dispatched a helicopter near an oil and gas platform and approached Iranian ships, the IRGC navy said. The Americans then left the area, the IRGC added, while the Iranians went on with their patrol.

The confrontation occurred just three days after a similar face-off involving the USS Thunderbolt.

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 Persian Gulf security relates to the countries of the region which have common interests, and not to the US".

In January, the USS Mahan destroyer fired warning shots at four Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels that approached at high speed in the Strait of Hormuz, which connects it to the Indian Ocean.

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 U.S. claim of seeking security in the region.

'We condemn the hostile and unacceptable action, ' he said of the sanctions.

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

The elite force are a semi-independent branch of Iran's military that answers only to the country's supreme leader the Ayatollah. Democrats said the new sanctions would not conflict with the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Tehran and Washington have had no diplomatic relations since 1979 when Iranian militant students stormed the United States embassy and took 52 American hostages for 444 days.