Tensions are high between the U.S. and Iran as the latter reportedly harassed a U.S. guided missile destroyer. In retaliation, the United States fired warning shots as a show of force. Is there a new player in the world war scene?
Iran Harasses US
Four Iranian military boats reportedly fired at the USS Nitze, a guided missile destroyer near the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday. According to U.S. defense officials, the Iranians did not respond to America’s attempts to communicate. The officials added that the Iranians acted in an “unprofessional” manner.
According to reports, the encounter happened when Nitze and guided missile destroyer USS Mason ran into the Iranians over international waters. The four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boats navigated toward the warships at high speed.
RT reported that the Nitze called onto the boats through radio by 12 times, but there was no response. Consequently, the U.S. was forced to use whistle and flares after the two Iranian boats went closer. Still, the Iranians reportedly ignored the attempts of the United States to communicate.
Encounters with Iran
“These sorts of unsafe and unprofessional actions can lead to escalation and miscalculation, which may necessitate additional defensive measures,” explained Commander Bill Urban, public affairs officer for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).
“Commanding officers have an inherent obligation for self-defense.” Urban added that around 10 percent of all U.S. encounters with the Iranians for the past two years could be considered unsafe.
Additionally, State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau called what happened as something that could “unnecessarily escalate tensions.” The official also said that the United States is not aware of what the Iranians want to achieve, as reported by CNN.